Aston Villa defender Matt Targett is set to return to first-team training this week after injury (via avfc.co.uk).
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The former Southampton left-back was forced off in their recent Premier League fixture against Wolves due to concussion.
As mentioned Targett was withdrawn against Wolves with concussion after playing for 45 minutes (Transfermarkt).
The 24-year-old was replaced by Neil Taylor, and up until Wednesday had not been involved in first-team training.
However, the club have now confirmed that he is set to return later in the week and in line with the return to play protocols in the aftermath of a head injury he will be eased back into sessions (avfc.co.uk).
With Dean Smith’s side not in action until the 25th November due to an international break, it gives Targett plenty of time to recover and he should be able to face Newcastle United in the club’s next outing.
This is great news for Aston Villa, as Targett has been very impressive since breaking into the starting 11.
Having begun the campaign on the bench, the ex-Fulham loanee has started the Villans’ last six Premier League outings (Transfermarkt). Indeed, as per WhoScored, the former Southampton man averages the most crosses per game of anyone in the Villa squad with 0.8 per game, while his 1.8 interceptions (the second-highest average in the squad) could be crucial in helping Smith’s side launch counter-attacks.
Whilst Villa haven’t kept a clean sheet in that time, the 24-year-old has contributed in an attacking sense and has already registered one goal and one assist despite being a full-back.
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