Alan Hutton suggests that Matt Targett will start ahead of fellow left-back Neil Taylor when Aston Villa take on Norwich City after Dean Smith’s injury update.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland star, who only left the Villans this summer, says that the fact the former Southampton man is in contention after his injury worry last week suggests he will get the nod.
Smith confirmed at his press conference on Thursday that Targett had returned to training through the middle of the week and would be available for selection for Saturday’s showdown between the newly-promoted sides.
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Hutton insists that being in full training as a player means you are fit enough to play and that he expects the left-back to retain his place in the starting XI ahead of Neil Taylor.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I hope it was just precaution. He’s not played so much, it could be a touch of cramp, maybe just a touch of fatigue. If that’s what it was, then in my opinion he’ll play.
“He gives a lot of attacking option going forward, it’s going to be a difficult game away at Norwich. If Targett is fit, I’d play him due to his ability going forward. I think if he’s been training, if you’re a player and you’ve been training, that’s telling the manager you’re fit to play.
“If he’s in and out of training or away with the physios then you’re looking at a risk. If he’s in full training, that means he’s fit to play.”
Targett has had an injury-strewn start to his career with the midlands giants, missing a handful of matches before making his first Premier League start last weekend against Burnley.
He managed to last 64 minutes against the Clarets before being forced off with an issue, the game eventually finishing 2-2 at Villa Park.