Aston Villa are flying high in the English Premier League at the moment and are in a great position to qualify for the UEFA Cup next season by finishing in the top six at the end of this season. Manager Martin O’Neill is quietly confident that his efficient side will make it but he does realise that to get into Europe, Villa need to play their best players and one of their best footballers is the young England international striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Agbonlahor might have scored just 7 goals so far this season but the player has been in excellent form this season and is reported to be in Enland national coach Fabio Capello’s long term plans. But the player has been out of action for the past few weeks with a hamstring problem but O’Neill says that he could be back against Reading at the weekend.
The Villa manager says:
Gabby is fine. He has done a little bit of training. The pitches were too frosty on Tuesday but he did some training indoors. That was the first day he’d joined in with us,” O’Neill told the club’s official website.
Hopefully he’ll now get in a full spell of training and then we’ll see how he is. He’s been raring to go now and has been for some days.
We didn’t let him join in with any of the training sessions during our short break in Malaga but that was purely precautionary.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is certainly a player whom the Ulsterman would alwasy like to be playing week in and week out. But given Reading’s precarious position in the Premiership as the Royals are fighting against relegation to the Championship, Villa might as well win without the England striker. Maybe O’Neill need not rush the player from his injury and play him next weekend.