Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis hurt as West Brom youngsters get victory
Villa suffered an injury scare as Keinan Davis hobbled off in the under-23s’ 1-0 defeat to Albion at Bodymoor Heath.
Boss Dean Smith was hoping the 21-year-old, who has made two substitute appearances since returning from a three month lay-off with a hamstring problem, would be able to get some more game time under his belt.
But the striker was replaced after just 25 minutes following a hefty challenge with Baggies midfielder Chris Brunt.
It was a powerful Nick Clayton-Phillips strike in the first half that gave Albion the victory.
Meanwhile, new striker Louie Barry has revealed he signed to work with (academy manager) Mark Harrison again.
The two were together at Albion before leaving last summer, Barry went to Barcelona and Harrison just across the Midlands to Villa Park.
Barry, 16, said: “I loved West Brom as a club. I was there from the age of six to 15. I will always have love for them and will never say a bad word against them.
“I came to Aston Villa to work with Mark Harrison. I really enjoyed it at Barcelona.
“I am coming back home – but I wasn’t homesick. I was born in Aston. I have supported Villa all my life.
“My main ambition is to be in the first team by the end of the season.”