Overweight Aston Villa star ordered to attend camp in new embarrassment

By Harry Sykes

Gabriel Agbonlahor is to undergo a “personal fitness programme” and will not be considered for selection for two weeks, Aston Villa announced on Thursday.

The club captain could have played his last game for Villa as details emerged of the latest embarrassing episode of what has been a wretched season for the forward.

The 29-year-old has scored just one goal this season for his boyhood club and his performances have drawn criticism from supporters.

He was suspended at the start of this month after pictures emerged of him partying on holiday in Dubai during the recent international break.

Now Agbonlahor has been publicly condemned for being unfit and out of shape as Villa announced via their official Twitter account that he will not be considered for selection for two weeks as he undergoes a fitness programme.

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With just five matches of the season remaining and Villa’s inevitable relegation from the Premier League set to be confirmed on Saturday, it is increasingly likely Agbonlahor has played his last game for the club he has served for a decade.

The Midlands club are said to be keen to shift Agbonlahor’s £54,000-a-week salary off the wage bill as they prepare for life in the Championship. He has two years remaining on his contract.

This would bring to an end his 10-year senior career at Villa as the club prepare for a extensive clear-out this summer.

Agbonlahor was reportedly told to find a new club by former manager Remi Garde in the January transfer window but a move failed to materialise. Garde was then forced to reintegrate Agbonlahor back into his first-team plans after he failed to make a signing.

In other Aston Villa news, the club are reportedly closing in on a new manager, who could be in the dugout by next week.