Stepping away from Aston Villa’s wholly predictable disappointment at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday given manager Steve Bruce made it a must-win game with his own comments earlier in the week, on Friday Villa did receive a small boost on the injury front.
Wet and windy session today ⚽️???????? pic.twitter.com/GtoE0F6AYf
— Scott Hogan (@ScottHogan_9) September 21, 2018
26-year-old Scott Hogan had already returned to training I believe, but on Friday he confirmed his return to full training following the injury that has kept him sidelined so far in the campaign of 2018/19 and whilst I’d imagine even next weekend comes too quickly for a return for him – I guess we’d want to get one or two Under 23 games under his belt first – the Irishman should at least give us an additional option moving forward given the state of our defensive bench at the weekend.
Good to see you back Scott 9️⃣ ⚽️????
— Paul O'Connor (@PaulOC1975) September 21, 2018
Good to see you back fit Scotty could do with you .
— nathan/-\\/°~° (@brummienathan) September 21, 2018
If we ever get rid of Bruce and get Dean Smith I would love to see you banging the goals in. I would be surprised if Bruce plays you at all mate.
— Christopher Langton ???????? (@christhevillan) September 21, 2018
Welcome back scotty!
— Matthew Barrall (@Matt300719795) September 21, 2018
We you back or you waiting for decent gaffer with a brain????????
— Lee Butler (@leebavfc) September 21, 2018
Fantastic to see you back……
— Andy Villa (@AndyVilla999) September 21, 2018
Come on Scotty boy , smash a couple in when you come on , shoot on sight mate UTV
— cockney rebel (@TONYTwillis2) September 21, 2018
As above, he was given a warm welcome back to the fold from fans and in the coming weeks, we now discover whether we are actually capable of playing to his strengths when he does return to the pitch.
Or will he be the next one tried at centre-half or left-back?