By Will Butcher

Midfielder Gary Gardner doesn’t have any split loyalties – he wants a home win when Aston Villa face his former side Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The 24-year-old midfielder is set to feature against his old side as the Midlands club welcome their Championship rivals to Villa Park.

The former England Under-21 international tweeted to say that he was hoping for a Villa win, but was also looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.

The midfielder spent the last two seasons at the City ground, making 40 appearances for the Championship giants and finding the back of the net six times.

Solihull-born Gardner made his Villa debut in 2011 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but the club’s academy product has found it difficult to cement down a regular first-team place.

He has made three starts and two substitute appearances this season and is expected to be in the first team on Sunday after playing the full 90 minutes against Derby prior to the international break.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton loanee has only made 23 appearances for Villa despite signing with the club at just 12-years-old.

A win for Villa could see them move into the top half of the Championship table, while Philippe Montanier’s Forest will be looking to add fuel to their promotion hopes with a fourth league win in six fixtures.

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