Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay won’t be the only Scot to be suspended from Aston Villa on Saturday’s Premier League game.

McTominay’s compatriot John McGinn will be suspended from Villa Park after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in the last game against Brentford.

In the middle of the park there won’t be a Scots fight on Saturday night and the midfields on both sides will be weaker without the influential pair.

McGinn played the full 90 minutes of Monday’s FA Cup duel and also played the full game in Villa’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford in September.

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Full of energy, able to intervene with a goal, McGinn’s box-to-box qualities will be a major flaw in Steven Gerrard’s squad.

The 27-year-old has played the full 90 minutes in 17 of Villas 19 Premier League games this season.

In the last game McGinn missed against Chelsea on Boxing Day, French midfielder Morgan Sanson celebrated his lonely start to the Premier League season.

However, with Phillipe Coutinho on loan until the end of the season, the Brazilian could move into the villa instead of McGinn on Saturday.

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However, the Barcelona loanee is a completely different player from McGinn and is unlikely to perform the same defensive duties as the Scottish international.

McGinn is currently in the Premier League’s top ten for average number of tackles per game (2.7).

Coutinho is more of a luxury player who tries to create opportunities and conjure up magical moments. McGinn plays a huge role in Villa’s attack, however, and he averages 1.6 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game.

With three goals and two assists in the Premier League this season, much like McTominay, McGinn is more than capable of scoring crucial goals.

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With a rating of 7.14, WhoScored rates McGinn as Villas’ best player of the season to date.

McGinn and McTominay will be badly absent on Saturday, but it’s up to their successors to seize their chance and make a positive impact in their absence.

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