Villa sweating on Tammy fitness

By Graham Hill

DEAN SMITH says record breaking striker Tammy Abraham will need a fitness test on a worrying shoulder injury ahead of Monday’s clash with Millwall.

Abraham scored his 25th league goal of the season against Bolton on Friday.

That is the first time a Villa player has managed to do that since Andy Gray in 1977.

But the on-loan Chelsea forward had to come off with a shoulder injury – and that raises a question mark for the Millwall game when Villa will be looking for an unprecedented 10th league win in a row.

Boss Smith says it is something his medical team will have to look at before deciding if Abraham will be able to play.

But he also came off in the Bristol City and was fit to play at Bolton.

Smith told the club’s official website: “He got a whack on the shoulder. I’m not sure how bad that’ll be.

“The medical staff looked at it when we got back to Bodymoor Heath. We’ll take it from there.

“He was in enough discomfort to come off. But credit to him getting to 25 goals this season.

“It was a great run from Jack and then a great pick out, with a good ball back. He was brave to go and get that goal. I was pleased for him.

“It’s a concern he’s hurt his shoulder but hopefully it won’t be too long.”


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