Aston Villa given triple injury boost ahead of Norwich clash
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa have received a triple injury boost ahead of their Championship clash with Norwich on Saturday.
The club’s official Twitter account confirmed on Friday morning that senior duo Andre Green and Nathan Baker had both returned to training following injury, while Gabriel Agbonlahor was set to return on Friday.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) March 31, 2017
The imminent return to action for three of Aston Villa’s key first team players will come as a major boost to Steve Bruce, who has seen his resources heavily depleted in recent weeks.
Green, 18, had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the win over Bristol City at the end of February, but could have an important role to play as Aston Villa return to Championship action on Saturday.
Defender Baker, meanwhile, limped off injured during the 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on March 11, and has been training with the first team since Monday.
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But Agbonlahor is not expected to play any part in Saturday’s tie as he is only set to begin training with the club on Friday after a lengthy lay-off.
The 30-year-old has been out since January 21 with a hamstring injury, and has missed Aston Villa’s last 11 Championship outings.
But after a testing period that saw Bruce without as many as nine of his first team stars due to injury, he is now faced with just one long-term concern in Birkir Bjarnason.
The Iceland international is still several weeks away from a return, having been ruled out with a knee injury.
It has also been confirmed that youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has also returned to training this week.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club have agreed terms with this defensive-midfielder.