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Aston Villa: James Chester to restart training after long injury lay-off

Aston Villa: James Chester to restart training after long injury lay-off

Aston Villa defender James Chester is set to restart training during the international break after recovering from injury, as reported by The Express and Star.

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The Villa player, who has represented the club 124 times, as per Transfermarkt, has not played a competitive game since January.

He will now face the challenge of usurping starting centre-backs Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels to get in the team, with Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause also hoping to stake claims of their own.

Chester played a total of 28 games for Villa in the Championship last season, scoring an impressive five goals, including the opener in a 3-2 win against Wigan Athletic in the second game of the campaign.

The Wales international missed just one of the season’s first 29 games – which was due to a red card – but missed the rest of it because of persistent knee injuries.

He had returned for pre-season fully fit, but sustained a hamstring injury in a 1-0 friendly win against Shrewsbury Town, which has seen him out of action for the club’s first four games back in the Premier League.

Chester has been a brilliant servant during his time at Villa, having played through his injury for two months during the promotion season to ensure it was possible.

Therefore, it will be a massive boost to have the stalwart available, even if he isn’t able to get on the pitch every week.

Aston Villa fans, what impact can Chester have this season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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