Aston Villa have turned to Dean Smith to turn their fortunes around this season after a dismal start to their Championship season.
The Villans have not been able to find wins all too often so far and have a number of problems that they need to deal with in order to put themselves in within a chance of achieving an unlikely promotion.
One of those issues is in the defence, as the Villa Park outfit currently lack a number of options at the back.
James Chester is the only recognised senior centre-back, whilst Mile Jedinak had been used at times as cover during Steve Bruce’s reign.
Micah Richards may have felt that he had a chance of making a return after more than a two-year absence from the first-team, however, Smith appears to have thrown any chance of an imminent return under the bus.
“Micah has not played for a long time so he’s not near fitness to be in contention at all at the moment. We’ll see how his fitness builds over the next month or two,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“He’s been on a special programme, the training minutes he hasn’t had so far. We’ll see how his body adapts to those training minutes as we go.”
Although the news does not look good for Richards at the moment, if he impresses during training, he could get the chance to make a return to the first-team.
The former Manchester City man was touted to be one of England’s most promising defenders in the early stages of his career, however, things never panned out for him as he would have liked.
However, with John Terry back in the fold at Villa Park as assistant manager, he could have the ideal opportunity to work hard, learn and impress the new management team and give them a reason to play him in the future, which could ease their concerns at the back.
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