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Monday 20 November 2017

Axe will 'help' Warnock

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is tipping axed left-back Stephen Warnock to bounce back "stronger than ever" after dropping the England defender for the weekend win at Wolves.

Warnock, part of his country's 2010 World Cup squad, was restored to Villa's first-team plans following McLeish's arrival last summer after being frozen out by previous manager Gerard Houllier.

He had been an ever present in the opening 21 Premier League games this season but a recent dip in form meant he was left out at Molineux to "gather his thoughts".

McLeish, who brought Warnock on at half-time in a reshuffle, said: "Hats off to Stevie on Saturday, he was left out and was excellent.

"It's not easy getting left out and having to come on. If he had something to prove, he did that.

"Stevie in recent weeks has maybe dipped a bit. There are loads of reasons why a players' form can dip but Stephen is a great pro.

"It happened to me in my career and I came back stronger than ever."

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