Henri Lansbury has confirmed on Instagram that he has returned to Aston Villa training ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against former side Nottingham Forest – but is it too little, too late?
The 28-year-old has finally overcome injury, after suffering a hamstring injury back in January. The midfielder had only made two appearances before the 3-0 FA Cup loss to Swansea City.
The muscle problem has kept him sidelined since. But now, just a couple of days before his Villa side take on former team Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, Lansbury has returned to training – confirming such on Instagram.
It remains to be seen if the former Arsenal midfielder will be involved against Martin O’Neill’s men. The likelihood is, though, that Lansbury will be made to wait for senior football.
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Dean Smith spoke before Sunday’s Second City derby that he had a midfield dilemma even without Lansbury. John McGinn returned, with Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan and Jack Grealish all providing options.
Hats off to Lansbury, he has had plenty of bad luck this season. Indeed, he has done well to return to training and it shows just how much he wants to play to fight back to fitness.
However, is it too late? As aforementioned, Villa have plenty of options in midfield. Birkir Bjarnason and Mile Jedinak also supply Smith with options in the middle of the park.
Signed for £2.75million in January 2017, it may already be curtains for Lansbury as his injuries have seen him plummet down the pecking order. For a player earning £40,000 a week (Birmingham Mail), three appearances in a season is not good enough.