Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed Dean Smith will have given his Aston Villa players a lot of time off after their game with Newcastle United last Friday was postponed.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the legendary former Villa striker is confident Smith’s men will be fully fit before a busy December period.

The Midlands giants were due to host Newcastle last Friday but an outbreak of coronavirus at the Magpies’ training base meant the game was postponed.

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Therefore Villa were given an extra week to prepare before their Midlands derby with Wolves at Molineux.

Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side suffered a demoralising 4-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend – their first defeat in three games.

Asked by Football Insider if Villa will have used their extra week to rest or work on specific issues, Agbonlahor said: “I think they’ll be a bit of both.

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“I think what the manager will have wanted to do for sure, is to use the advantage of extra rest to rest their legs.

“I think the players will have been given a few days off to rest up and not do anything.

“Even in training they will still be training hard, but maybe not quite as hard.

“They will probably have started training hard on Tuesday and doing tactics.

“The manager will have used the weekend to rest the players and tell them not to do anything for a couple of days and get rest in their legs because the Wolves game will be very tough.”

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Villa are on a run of just one win in their last five games after winning their first four Premier League fixtures.

They host Burnley next Thursday before a quick turnaround sees them travel to the Hawthorns for another Midlands derby against West Brom.

In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton is terrified by two Wolves players ahead of Saturday’s game.