Aston Villa fans already knew that on loan Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe was due to be back with head coach Dean Smith’s squad during the March international break following his three month layoff with injury.
The 21-year-old versatile defender had really begun to show his worth having been moved into the centre of defence following the arrival of Smith, but he last featured for us back in mid-December as we took a 2-2 draw with Stoke City.
Yesterday, he gave his first interview to the Official Site following his return to training with us, and the youngster is very confident of trying to force himself back into Smith’s plans for when real football returns when we face Blackburn Rovers at the end of March.
“It’s really good to be back. I’m at a stage where I’m building my fitness in order to be ready for the Blackburn game. When you’re out with a bone injury there’s not a lot you can do but rest. It’s been a long process of healing. But I’m back in full training now and doing my extras – doing everything I can to be ready to play. The Blackburn game gives me the chance to build up the lungs and the legs and get ready for the run of games that the Championship requires. It’s great to be back around the lads and I’m ready to go again for a big finish to the season.”
Having returned to training at the beginning of the week, the international break is well timed for a change as it gives him a good fortnight to get back up to speed and sharpness and come back into contention for the run in as we continue to hunt down a potential Play-Off spot this year.
"It's good to be back and I'm just at the stage now where it's about building fitness" ????️
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) March 19, 2019