Date: 19th February 2019 at 3:46pm
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James Chester says he’s hoping he’ll be “back in contention” soon enough after admitting frustration at not being able to play. The Aston Villa defender has been out of action since late-January with a knee injury, but his return date is unknown.

Chester, who has missed Villa’s meetings against Reading, Sheffield United, Brentford and West Bromwich Albion due to injury, has been unable to train properly due to swelling on his knee and he recently had an injection to fix the problem.

In his absence, Tyrone Mings and Tommy Elphick have partnered one another at the back and might not be dethroned before the season comes to a close. Chester could perhaps return in late-March if the injection works and he told Express and Star that his comeback can’t come soon enough.

He said: “It’s never nice to have to sit on the sidelines and watch while you’re out injured. Hopefully I’ll be back in contention soon. It can’t come soon enough – believe me!”

The 30-year-old has made 28 Championship appearances this season, scoring an impressive five goals. Villa are currently 10th in the table with 44 points from 33 games, coming off the back of two draws and two defeats from their last four. Villa next travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City on February 23.

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