Date: 23rd January 2019 at 8:20am
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With Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith revealing earlier this week that Welsh international centre-half James Chester had been playing through pain for us since the beginning of December, it did put into perspective some of the criticism that had been levelled at the 30-year-old defender for his more recent performances.

Undoubtedly Chester hasn’t been as solid in the campaign of 2018/19 as he was last year with John Terry alongside, but with mounting criticism in recent weeks, plenty of fans were quick to point out he looked better with Axel Tuanzebe in the team because of his quicker pace at helping to mop things up.

To save overly repeating the bulk of the story, I’ll copy it in here.

With fans catching up to the news that his knee struggles had meant that he was now training far less to help him manage the issue, the reaction on social media was largely positive.

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