Ben Davies has returned to training at Tottenham Hotspur after an ankle injury, per the club’s official Twitter account.
The Wales international sustained the injury in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of the club, lasting 75 minutes in the 3-2 victory over West Ham United in November.
He has subsequently missed 12 games but is now closing in on a return.
PA Sport journalist Jonathan Veal quoted Mourinho in his press conference ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Southampton as he issued an update on the 26-year-old’s fitness.
He said: “If everything goes well he will be ready for the Villa game.”
Spurs face Saints on Wednesday but do not have a game this weekend; they face Villa on February 16th.
Mourinho will be delighted with this update.
Speaking in January, per London Evening Standard journalist Dan Kilpatrick, Mourinho bemoaned the absence of Davies in terms of implementing his playing style at the club.
He said: “If you want to know what I wanted to do, look to my first game – against West Ham. That’s the way I thought I was going to develop the team. Defend with a back 4, attack with a back 3. That was the first day of unlucky, goodbye Ben Davies.”
Clearly, the Wales international is seen as a major player under the ex-Chelsea boss.
He made just five appearances under Mauricio Pochettino but completed the 90 minutes three times, against Brighton & Hove Albion, Everton and Sheffield United.
Mourinho, though, clearly trusts him.
He allowed Danny Rose to move on loan to Newcastle United in the January transfer window and he has not been properly replaced; the only other options are Ryan Sessegnon, who is perhaps more a winger, while Japhet Tanganga, a centre-back, has also been used in the role.
Davies’ return will be vital as Mourinho looks to continue the club’s momentum following their 2-0 win over Manchester City at the weekend.