Gabriel Agbonlahor to make Aston Villa return

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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has confirmed that striker Gabriel Agbonlahor will make his return to action against Blackpool on Wednesday evening.

The 24-year-old England international has been sidelined since late September having undergone groin surgery, but has trained this week and will be included among the substitutes for Villa.

Houllier confirmed:“Gabby will be on the bench. It is a huge boost.

“He has only played 20 minutes for me and then he had to go off in my first game against Blackburn if you remember.

“Now Gabby has had the operation and he’s back. I wouldn’t say that he’s totally fit and ready, but he can be on the bench and help out if needed.

“It is not a risk, I wouldn’t take a risk. Everything he does in training shows that he is okay. It is just a matter of match-fitness now.

“I look at the records and he can score some goals.”

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