Browsing: Dean Smith

It was initially expected that Iheanacho would struggle to play again this season after tearing a groin muscle at Leeds, but a good response to treatment led manager Dean Smith to say he could be back to face Newcastle and West Ham.

Smith took over as Villa manager in 2018 and led the club out of the Championship and into the Premier League. They finished 11th last season but have endured a slide in the current campaign – the defeat at St Mary’s was their fifth straight loss.