Date: 20th January 2019 at 6:32pm
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Dean Smith revealed that Henri Lansbury “tweaked his hamstring” in training which forced him to miss Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Hull City. Lansbury was ruled out against the Tigers when the Aston Villa manager made his pre-match press conference, but Smith was unable to say when he might return.

He revealed: “Henri tweaked his hamstring in training after the Swansea cup game. It was a blow because he did really well in the game. It would have been good to have him in the squad.”

It’s been a difficult season for Lansbury. The midfielder has struggled for fitness and playing time at Villa and can’t seem to get a run of games together. He’s made only three appearances in all competitions for the Midlands outfit this campaign – the last of which was against Swansea in the FA Cup on January 5.

Lansbury has two-and a half years remaining on his contract, but his future at Villa Park is in doubt. He has spent the majority of the season outside of the matchday squad or as an unused substitute when he was selected.

The 28-year-old won’t be short of interest if Villa are willing to sell him, but a move may not be considered until next summer. Letting Lansbury go in January would force them to sign a replacement, so it’s easier to retain his services for at least another five months.

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