Stopper hopes for Villa return

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay GivenShay Given is happy to wait for the opportunity to play for Aston Villa FC again, despite admitting to his frustration at not being picked by boss Paul Lambert.

The goalkeeper, now aged 36, has only made two appearances for the club so far this season. He was dropped following Villa’s 3-1 loss in August against Everton, with American Brad Guzan becoming the goalkeeper of choice in Premier League games.

Given is frustrated at his lack of appearances for the club, but is going to continue working hard.

“Frustration can sometimes boil over when you’re not playing, but for me it’s important that I keep my head down and work hard and please God my chance comes round again.

“I am gutted that I am not playing in the team, that’s natural, and hopefully if I work hard I’ll get back in the side,” the Republic of Ireland stopper told talkSPORT.

Given is not the only player at Aston Villa to have struggled to make Aston Villa’s starting line-ups, with striker Darren Bent also finding it hard to get a game under boss Paul Lambert.

Given accepts that Bent is frustrated, but appreciates that the striker has competition.

“He’s frustrated a little bit at the minute of course but we’ve got (Christian) Benteke, who’s a very powerful young forward, and he’s done very, very well. It’s competition for places and that’s what we need,” he added.

Given first signed for the club from Manchester City in 2011.

Aston Villa are currently sixteenth in the Premier League table and will be hoping to improve for their next fixture at Fulham after losing 2-0 to Tottenham in their last outing.

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