Tuesday 21 November 2017

Given must fight to regain place

SHAY GIVEN has been given a warning that he can't expect to walk straight back into the Aston Villa side when he completes his recovery from injury.

Ireland international keeper Given has not played for Villa in five weeks and his understudy Brad Guzan has filled in capably in his absence.

The Donegal man is now on the way back from injury and has resumed training with the club, but manager Alex McLeish says that Given is not guaranteed to reclaim the shirt when he is fit. "Shay is not far away," said McLeish. "He's champing on the door to be involved this weekend against Everton.

"Whether he is going to make it, we will have to wait and see. I can't give you that news at the moment.Progress "He has made great progress. He is training with the group and it's a case of how sharp he's feeling and how confident he's feeling before we make a decision about him coming back into the team. "

There are no guarantees of that, obviously, because of the way Brad has played. Brad has been fantastic," the Villa boss added. Meanwhile, former Shamrock Rovers man Enda Stevens has taken his first steps towards success at Villa as he made his debut for the reserves yesterday.

Dubliner Stevens was one of five Irish players in the Villa side as they played out a 1-1 draw with Arsenal, along with Waterford lad Derrick Williams, Dubliner Graham Burke, Kileknny native Mikey Drennan and new recruit Jack Grealish.

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