The Aston Villa squad are buzzing to be back in training ahead of a return to action against Manchester City on Wednesday.
That is according to former Villa star Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, lifted the lid on the mood around the camp at Bodymoor Heath after talking to the likes of John McGinn.
Villa were forced to shut their training ground and send the entire first-team into self-isolation after a Covid-19 outbreak but have returned to work over the past couple of days before their clash with Manchester City.
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Several first-team stars were pictured on the training pitches by the Villans’ official Twitter account, including the likes of Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins, Ross Barkley, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash.
Hutton has revealed the players have felt like “caged animals” during their isolation period and that there is a sense of excitement running through the club ahead of Wednesday night.
“They’re excited, caged animals, I think that’s the best way to put it,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“I mean, they’ve been stuck in the house for the 10 days or whatever, as long as it’s been, obviously I speak a lot to John McGinn and just desperate to get out, just desperate to get out the house and back to training and working hard.
“I think they’ll be excited to get back on the pitch, they know they’re in a good place right now, yes, they’ve got to catch up on games and it’s going to be difficult but they’re raring to go.
“What better place to test yourself than against Manchester City?”
Villa were forced to postpone their games against Tottenham and Everton as a result of the Covid outbreak, meaning they have now played two games less than any other Premier League side.
Wednesday’s clash against Manchester City was pushed back from the start of the season due to City’s European commitments.