Date: 20th August 2018 at 11:00am
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As Aston Villa’s Under 23 side took to the pitch against Manchester United on Friday evening, there was a familiar face back on the substitutes bench for the first time this season.

Callum O’Hare picked up an injury in May’s Hong Kong Soccer Sevens trip I believe and he’s been working his way back to fitness since then and was a notable absentee from our pre-season preparations, especially when you consider how highly rated he is for us.

In any event, his rehabilitation work and search for fitness got a 45-minute boost as he came on in the defeat at the halftime break and by accounts he certainly hit the ground running again as he looked to make up for some lost time.

Following the match the youngster took to social media to express his delight at getting back on the grass, and most Villa fans were pleased to see him return and wished him well for what most believe is on the cusp of being announced – a season-long loan out to Barnsley so he can get a shot at proper game time and make the step up.

Hopefully, the loan comes off as a decent chunk of game time under his belt is exactly what he needs at this stage of his development and any loan should naturally have a January break clause we can bring him back if the spell doesn’t go as we want, or we need him as an option.

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