Aston Villa boss Dean Smith provides Tammy Abraham injury update

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has played down concerns over an injury to Tammy Abraham, stating that he is hopeful that the striker came off against Middlesbrough due to cramp.

The Birmingham-based outfit have began to click over recent weeks and a 3-0 win over Boro on Saturday moved the Midlands side into the Championship top six.

Villa cruised to victory thanks to goals from Anwar El Ghazi, John McGinn and Albert Adomah, but a potential injury to Abraham will have taken some of the shine away from the win.

The Chelsea loanee was replaced by Jonathan Kodjia after 72 minutes and appeared to be limping as he wandered back to the home side’s bench.

Villa boss Smith provided an update on Abraham’s condition and admitted the centre forward would be assessed on Sunday.

“Tammy felt his calf but we are hoping it is cramp or fatigue more than anything,” the Birmingham Mail quote him as saying.

“El Ghazi has come off with fatigue, too, because we’ve had three games in six days.

“It’s too much for me. This game should have been on a Sunday to give us enough time to recover from the games on Wednesday and last Sunday.

“But there’s me moaning and the lads have done well and showed me lots of energy and enthusiasm out there.

“Tammy will now have a scan before he goes off on international duty.”

Abraham has been a key man in Villa’s promotion push and has netted 21 goals for his temporary employers so far this season.

For the Midlands outfit to finish in the top six and give themselves a chance of going one step better than last year, keeping the Chelsea striker fit and firing will be essential.

Abraham is due to link up with England’s under-21 squad but Villa fans will hope that their main man stays at the club to recuperate after the knock.