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23rd Mar, 2017 | 10:20pm

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy sends message to Aston Villa supporters

By Amir Mir

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has expressed his delight on Twitter after returning to training with Aston Villa after a three-month injury lay-off.

The 18-year-old striker has been on the sidelines with an ankle injury and he now looks set to return to first-team action.

Steve Bruce has previously hinted that he is willing to give the youngster more opportunity with the senior side, just like he has done with Andre Green, Keinan Davis and Corey Taylor in recent months.

Nonetheless, the club’s highly-rated player posted this message to supporters as he looks to continue his recovery during the international break.

Hepburn-Murphy has appeared on only two occasions for the senior side this season, once under Roberto Di Matteo and most recently in January against Cardiff.

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During that period, Bruce left the teenager on the sidelines because he had not signed a new deal with the Championship club.

However, at the start of February, he penned a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Midlands outfit.

Hepburn-Murphy will now face stiff competition if he wants to break into the first team, with Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan and Gabby Agbonlahor ahead of him in the pecking order.

Ivory Coast international Kodjia has been the key man for Bruce during this campaign, scoring 15 goals for the club.

After the international break, Villa take on Norwich and QPR in front of their own supporters as they will be looking to continue their recent winning form.

In other Aston Villa news, the club should target one of these three centre-backs after Steve Bruce dropped this massive hint.

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