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Kevin Phillips has tipped Aston Villa outcast Henri Lansbury to rejoin Nottingham Forest in January.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the 30-year-old will leave Villa after he was omitted from the Claret and Blue’s Premier League squad.

Lansbury was not name in Villa’s 25-man squad for the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, casting doubt over his future at the West Midlands club.

The centre-midfielder has entered the final nine months of his contract at Villa Park, having signed a four-year deal upon his £3million arrival from Nottingham Forest in 2017.

Phillips believes a return to Forest could be on the cards in the winter window.

“Yeah I think he will move back to the Championship in January,” he told Football Insider.

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“I would imagine that his time at Villa is up. He has had a good little run.

“At times he has come in and done well and scored some good goals but you not would not say that it has been a huge success.

“With the amount of players that Dean has in his squad now, there was always going to be casualties. It is no surprise that he missed out on the Premier League squad.

“It is down to Lansbury but he looks like a player that loves his football.

“He may go back to Forest, you never know. He might head back there in January and help Chris Hughton tackle the Championship. It would certainly not surprise me if he signed for Forest in January.”

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