Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has praised Tom Carroll despite his frustrating spell in the West Midlands, The Birmingham Mail reports.
Carroll joined Aston Villa on loan from Swansea City towards the end of the January transfer window but has been hampered by injuries.
The 26-year-old has been limited to just two substitute cameos since moving to Aston Villa due to a hip injury.
And he could struggle to get back into the team because he is one of six loanees on Aston Villa’s books and Smith can only name five in a matchday squad.
As reported by The Birmingham Mail, Smith said: “Unfortunately Tom has had a bit of a stop-start time with us. He got injured in his first game and was coming back from a hip injury.
“He has broken down a couple of times since. But he is a fantastic footballer. We all saw that when he came on against Derby. That is why we brought him in.
“He is one who can keep the ball ticking. He very rarely loses possession and can see a forward pass. That is why we wanted to bring him in. But it has been a little bit stop-start so far for him and ourselves.”
Aston Villa have an option to buy in Carroll’s loan move but it does not look like they will be exercising it at this stage.
The ex-Tottenham midfielder will need to break back into the team and show what he can do to earn a permanent deal.