Aston Villa have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their upcoming Premier League fixture.
In a recent Q&A for Birmingham Live, Ashley Preece revealed that central midfielder Morgan Sanson returned to Aston Villa’s first-team training on Tuesday, having recovered from an illness that had ruled the 27-year-old out of the club’s last two Premier League fixtures.
Speaking about the current condition of the former France U21 international, Preece said: “Morgan Sanson is expected to return to training today, so we’ll see where he’s at fitness-wise [ahead of the Brighton & Hove Albion clash].”
With both Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz appearing to both be doubts for the visit of Brighton on Saturday, the news that Sanson is back in contention for the weekend is sure to have left Steven Gerrard buzzing.
While it is true that the Frenchman is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football this season, the midfielder nevertheless highly impressed in Villa’s penalty shootout loss against Chelsea in the League Cup earlier this term.
Indeed, over his 42 minutes on the pitch against the Blues, the £14.4m-rated man made one key pass, created one big chance for his teammates, made three tackles, one clearance and won all six of his duels.
As such, should the 27-year-old indeed be fit for Saturday’s fixture, it will undoubtedly come as a major boost to Gerrard’s chances of picking up all three points against the Seagulls with absentees already riddling the squad. A win will quite rightly be a result that the 41-year-old is desperate for in the first game of his tenure at Villa Park.