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Gabriel Agbonlahor expects Aston Villa to play two up front in certain games when Wesley Moraes returns to full match fitness.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer delivered his verdict after the Brazilian finally returned to contact training at Bodymoor Heath.

Wesley has not featured for the Midlands giants since suffering an ACL injury against Burnley at the beginning of January last year.

Dean Smith revealed on Monday he had participated in small-sided games in training with his teammates this week and could be available for selection after the international break later this month.

Asked whether Wesley’s return was a big boost, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes.

“I think some games we’ve seen this season we could’ve done with a Wesley to bring on and go two up front and just add a different dimension.

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“Some games Dean Smith would want to play two up front. Sheffield United, for instance, they played three centre-backs, it would’ve been the perfect chance to play two strikers and maybe change his formation.

“Keinan Davis has had injury problems, he’s not featured much.

“I’m sure when Wesley comes back he will feature. It’s perfect timing, the last stretch of the season and Villa are going to need every player they can get.

“They’re in and around the European places there’s no reason why they can’t go for it.”

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Wesley moved to Villa Park from Club Brugge for £22million in the summer of 2019 – a club record fee at the time.

The 24-year-old scored five goals in 21 Premier League starts before his injury.

In other news, Manchester United have dropped their interested in an Aston Villa star as he is “nowhere near the player he was”.