Blaise Bourgeois

Dean Smith offers updates on injuries and James Collins

Collins continues to train with Aston Villa in search of a contract

Dean Smith has yet to decide on whether Aston Villa will offer James Collins a contract.

The 35-year-old continues to train with the club, however, Smith hasn’t been convinced one way or the other.

“He’s still training with us,” Smith replied when asked about Collins.

“He’s not had the match exposure that I would want. He’ll continue to train with us until I feel he’s up to the standard where we can make a decision one way or the other.”

Albert Adomah has been out the last two matches ever since he suffered a nasty injury in Villa’s win over Birmingham City.

Smith isn’t optimistic that Adomah will feature for this Friday’s West Midlands Derby.

“I think Albert will struggle for West Brom. He’s still a little bit sore and stiff but he should be okay for the week after.”

However, Smith did offer good news about the progress of Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason. The duo should return before the end of the year.

“Lansbury is a week or two away,” Smith added. “Bjarnason has started jogging now.

“We’ve had to manage the players because of the games we’ve had and the injuries that we’ve had.”