Exclusive: Robinson drops big Aston Villa reveal after key development - 'I know Tom well...'
Paul Robinson has heaped praise on his former teammate Tom Heaton after the Aston Villa goalkeeper made his long-awaited return from injury yesterday.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hailed the 34-year-old’s resilience to bounce back from a “really hard injury” last season.
Heaton has not played since New Year’s Day after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
The 3-time England international made his return to action on Monday, playing 63 minutes of a 2-2 draw against Burnley for the club’s under-23s.
Robinson revealed that Heaton, who he played with at Burnley, has all it takes to get back to his best.
“It has been a really long time for Tom and a really hard injury for him to recover from,” he told Football Insider.
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“I know Tom very well and if anybody has the determination and the desire to live correctly off the field, train right and cope mentally it is Tom. He is a credit to himself and a credit to his profession.
“I hope we see him back playing in the first team sooner rather than later.”
The Villans bolstered their options between the sticks with the £20million addition of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal in September.
The Spanish shot-stopper, who penned a four-year contract at Villa Park, has kept four clean sheets in his seven Premier League appearances to date this season.
In other Aston Villa news, Gabriel Agbonlahor names two never-seen teens as future first team stars.