Aston Villa

Wesley Moraes has returned to Aston Villa training as the “same player” he was before his serious injury blow.

That is according to former Villa defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed what he had heard about the 24-year-old from his old teammates.

The Brazilian made his competitive return to action in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Brom, 480 days after his last appearance.

The 2019 signing suffered cruciate ligament damage on New Year’s Day 2020 and had been on the road to recovery ever since.

He scored five goals in 21 Premier League appearances before being forced to the sidelines.

He now has Villa’s record signing Ollie Watkins as competition for the centre-forward role at Villa Park.

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Hutton insisted age was still on Wesley’s side and suggested he would make a full recovery despite such a serious injury.

He also revealed the striker had been showing no sign of nerves on the training ground.

Asked what he had heard about Wesley since his return to training, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’s the same. He works hard, still putting himself about, he’s not nervous about the injury.

“He’s just desperate to get back on the pitch, as you would be. He’s still young, he’s still very young.

“It sounds stupid but that’s the time to have an injury. Your body heals quickly and you can get back quicker.

“I’m pretty sure we’ll see the same player. There’s nothing to worry about.”

Wesley joined Villa for a reported £22million from Club Brugge back in the summer of 2019.

He now has a total of 23 appearances under his belt for the Villans.

In other news, Football Insider has revealed how Dean Smith was one game away from being sacked by Aston Villa.