Alan Hutton admits he will be delighted to see Aston Villa defender James Chester back playing regularly after his loan move to Stoke City.

The ex-Spurs and Villa right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, says the 31-year-old “will want to play games” after failing to break into the side so far this term.

The Villans confirmed on Friday afternoon that the centre-back has joined Championship outfit Stoke on loan until the end of the season, having played just twice across all competitions for Dean Smith during the 2019/20 campaign.

 

The Welsh international has struggled with injury in the past two seasons with both knee and hamstring problems of late, meaning his only runouts have come in the League Cup quarter-final against Liverpool and the FA Cup defeat to Fulham.

When asked whether a move would be best for all parties, Hutton told Football Insider: “He has been such an important player for the club since he came. He played a lot of games in his first few seasons and he is the club captain.

“Unfortunately, the knee injury has kept him out for a long time. It has got to the stage now where he wants to play football. Obviously, the manager is settled in his back-three at the moment and it does not look like there is a place for him.

“He is a great character and a great person to have around the place and Dean Smith will know that but as a player, you want to play games. I am happy for him because he has been out for a long time. I would be glad to see him playing again.”

The former-Hull City man has made 119 appearances for the midlands outfit, scoring 12 goals.

Smith has the likes of Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause at his disposal at centre-back, all three signing permanently for the club last summer.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson claims striker would be “huge gamble” were he to join.