Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa made the long trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening as they kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over their League Two opponents.
The game gave boss Steve Bruce an early chance to assess his squad and shuffle his pack somewhat, given that his charges have started the 2018/19 league season with back-to-back victories.
One man who had probably been hoping to don the claret and blue jersey and play a rare game of football was Henri Lansbury, with the former Nottingham Forest midfielder something of a peripheral figure at Villa Park these days.
It was perhaps a slight kick in the teeth for the forgotten man of Aston Villa that he wasn’t even named in Bruce’s squad, with the boss preferring first-team regular Conor Hourihane and youngster Jake Doyle-Hayes in the middle of the park.
The fact that Lansbury didn’t even make the bench against weaker opposition could be a telling sign when it comes to assessing what sort of future the 27-year-old has in the West Midlands.
Last season saw the midfield man play in just 10 Championship fixtures for the Villains and he is yet to take his bow for the first-team in the current campaign, leaving serious question marks over his future at the club.
Given his age it seems vital that Lansbury is playing football and with the loan window slamming shut for Football League clubs at the end of the month, it remains to be seen whether any potential suitors will chance their arm.
On his day the man who joined Villa from Forest for £2.7 million is a solid player at Championship level, but with the player on around £40,000 per-week, any departure could depend on just how willing his current club are to continue paying a percentage of such an excessive salary.