Alex McLeish has defended Villa’s “stringent” advance medical checks on Jermaine Jenas despite ruling out the unlucky midfielder for another three or four games.
Jenas has not kicked a ball for the club after getting injured during his first full training session following a deadline-day loan move from Spurs.
He has overcome his initial thigh strain and was given the go-ahead to step up his rehabilitation from an Achilles problem by a specialist in London on Monday.
But McLeish has warned it could now be mid-November before Jenas is available for first-team duty. Villa’s medical staff are frustrated, according to McLeish, but the boss insists Jenas’ lay-off was unavoidable and is simply down to a stroke of bad luck.
“It’s something you just cannot legislate for,” he said.
“The doctors and the medical team take it really badly when this happens. They did stringent medicals, they passed the player. But I’ve said to them there’s nothing you can do about that.
“If they’ve passed the medical, they’ve passed the medical. If it’s a bit of bad luck. It’s how we deal with it. We can’t dwell on it, we just have to do what we can to make it right.”
Jenas looks set to miss the home games against West Brom and Norwich and the trip to Sunderland, while he is ineligible for the visit to Spurs under the terms of his loan.
“I certainly know from the doctor that he’s not as bad as we first feared,” said McLeish.
“But the only disadvantage he has is that he’s short of match fitness, which he won’t get until he starts playing matches. He’s short of fitness in general, so as soon as he feels it’s full steam ahead then we will step it up. I would have thought he’s three or four games away yet.
“He’s gutted about it but we’ve told him we’re all right behind him.”