Former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has revealed that the club’s players are ‘buzzing’ to be back in training ahead of a Premier League return.
Having been given the green light from the UK government and the Premier League to return to group training, Villa are now preparing themselves to return to finish the 2019/20 season.
Sitting 19th in the league table, the pressure is firmly on manager Dean Smith to prevent relegation to the Championship just one season after gaining promotion. Villa have 10 matches remaining to play, having one game in hand over relegation rivals Bournemouth, West Ham, Watford and Brighton.
“I mean they’re buzzing to be back. It’s been such a long time, it’s been months now, they’ve been on their own and we’ve said before there’s only so much you can do on your own.
“To be back on the training pitch with the manager and John Terry doing drills, short, sharp drills, I think they’ve been doing a lot to keep their fitness up, I think they’re all very happy.
“They’re looking to move on to the next stage, obviously the health being the priority. They’re doing a lot of testing and making sure everyone’s alright so hopefully with that being they’re going to move forward next week with some contact.
“Their fitness is coming on, by all accounts they’re working very hard, they’re doing a lot of fitness stuff so when the games do come back around they’re capable of competing.”
Villa certainly need to find a run of form when the season resumes if they are to avoid the drop to the Championship but, with just four points separating them from 15th-placed Brighton, survival is eminently achievable.
Hutton’s comments should go down well with the club’s fans, who will likely be eager to see them back out on the pitch.
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