Tammy booster for Rovers clash

By Graham Hill

TAMMY Abraham is ready for a possible return to action for Aston Villa on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers.

And boss Dean Smith says that is down to the help he got from the England camp.

Smith said the on-loan Chelsea striker is back in training after missing both of the England Under-21 matches during the international break.

Abraham was nursing a calf injury and looked doubtful the Rovers game with Villa chasing a fifth successive victory.

But Smith says he expects the 21-goal forward to push for a starting spot – although he will need a fitness test before the game. The Villa boss told the club’s official website: “The International all have the minutes under the belts and they have all come back.

“The only exception to that was Tammy, who wasn’t quite right when he joined up with the England camp.

“But we’re thankful to them that they’ve actually looked after him and given him some modified treatment on his groin as well as the fatigue injury on his calf which cramped up in the last game.

“He’s back in training now and fully fit now so we’re fortunate that we have an understanding international group.

“He got some good rest period with them and will be fighting fit for the game.”

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