Aston Villa have confirmed on their official Twitter feed that centre-back Kortney Hause is available for selection against Everton.
The 24-year-old has managed to work his way back to fitness after overcoming a hamstring injury, as reported by The Evening Express.
While on loan at Villa Park from Wolverhampton Wanderers for the second half of last season, Hause started 10 Championship matches and came off the bench twice, scoring one goal, as per WhoScored.
Throughout the campaign, he averaged 0.8 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 3.8 clearances and 0.7 blocks, while he also won 4.7 aerial duels per game.
He averaged 41.8 passes per game, making 2.9 long balls and completing 77.8% of the passes he attempted.
Ezri Konsa has been the centre-back option Dean Smith has opted to put on the bench in both of Villa’s games so far – but, with Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels forming a good partnership, it is unlikely Hause would be brought straight into the starting line up.
Konsa started 42 games for Brentford last season, scoring one goal, while he averaged 1.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 3.6 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game, completing 87.7% of the passes he attempted.
It is always encouraging to have players fit and ready for selection, though it is debatable as to whether Hause will actually get on the pitch in the Premier League soon.
He will most likely be battling with Konsa for a spot on the bench in the league – we are more likely to see him when Villa play Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
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