Villa launch investigation

Scotland international does not train with club on Monday

Barry Bannan: The midfielder did not train with Villa on Monday

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Barry Bannan will be the subject of an internal investigation at Aston Villa after the midfielder was involved in a motorway crash on Sunday.

The Scotland international, 21, was arrested by police on suspicion on drink driving - along with Shrewsbury striker James Collins, a former Villa player - and subsequently bailed.

The accident occurred on the M1 at around 5:30am on Sunday near junction 26.

Villa have confirmed they have launched the investigation and Bannan did not train with his team-mates on Monday.


Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish said: "There are internal inquiries and an investigation going on and that's all I can really say at the moment.

"We felt it was best that he (Bannan) did not train with the team today."

Bannan is regarded as one of Villa's brightest prospects and has made an encouraging start to the current campaign. He has already won nine caps for his country.

Collins joined Shrewsbury from Villa earlier this year.

Police had already confirmed two men had been bailed after being arrested in connection with the accident involving a Range Rover on the southbound carriageway.