Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is entitled to feel “frustrated” if John McGinn returns to the club from Scotland duty with an injury, says former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin.

Villa captain McGinn hobbled off in the closing stages of Scotland’s Euro qualifiers draw against Norway on Sunday. He had scored from the penalty spot in the 3-3 draw at Hampden Park, but appeared to be holding his knee as he exited the match on 79 minutes.

The episode has sparked fears he could be ruled out when Villa return to Premier League action against Tottenham on Sunday (2pm kick-off). It is another huge match for Emery’s side with Spurs just one point above Villa in fourth place.

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Scotland had already qualified for Euro 2024 before the latest round of matches against Georgia and Norway. And Nevin told BBC Sport: "From an Aston Villa fan’s point of view, these ‘dead rubbers’ which would only decide if Scotland ended in pot two or three in next summer’s tournament may have trashed their midfielder John McGinn for a few weeks.

"McGinn, Scotland’s talisman, played 176 minutes as well as travelling 3,000 miles in four days. The former Hibs player doesn’t do easy minutes in games, he always runs himself to a standstill, so Villa boss Unai Emery will have been frustrated to see a key player then not surprisingly succumb to injury in the 80th minute of the second game.

"Club versus country is always a dilemma in these circumstances, and I understand both sides of the argument."

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