Aston Villa media round-up: Good news on Kozak, newboy reveals Milner inspiration

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Injury update

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that Ron Vlaar, Fabian Delph, Gabby Agbonlahor and Joe Cole are all back in training.

Vlaar has been out for a month with a knee problem picked up in the New Year's Day draw with Crystal Palace, while Delph missed the Bournemouth FA Cup game with an achilles problem.

Agbonlahor and Cole were also absent from the Cherries clash with hamstring issues, with the latter doubtful to feature at the weekend.

"Gabby is fit He's trained the last day or so. We will just make sure that his hamstring is okay," Lambert said. "If everything goes tomorrow, he will definitely be in the squad.

"We just have to watch him with that hamstring because we have a lot of games coming up.

"Ron trained this morning. Joe trained this morning. We need to have a little look to see how they are."

Ciaran Clark could miss the Gunners clash with an ankle problem, but there is better news on the status of Libor Kozak, who Lambert confirmed is back in light training, running with the physios and working with the ball.

The Scot also expects to see newboy Scott Sinclair out on the fields of Bodymoor on Saturday, with the winger likely to be in the squad for Arsenal if he comes through the session.

"He trained a little bit this afternoon after everything went through," Lambert added. "He will train tomorrow and if everything goes okay then he will be in the squad for the Arsenal game.

"Scott is a player who I believe has great unfulfilled potential. I think he can do really well."

Sinclair reveals Milner inspiration

Sinclair has also revealed that it was Manchester City teammate and former Villa ace James Milner who helped convince him to make the switch to the West Midlands, having joined on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move.

Milner had two stints at Villa, the first on loan from Newcastle United under David O'Leary in 2005-06 and the second a permanent spell with Martin O'Neill from 2008-2010, and Sinclair told the club's official website how a talk with him left him in little doubt about the deal.

"He told me Villa is one of the best clubs around. He loved his time here. He said I'd love it too," the Blues loanee said. "He had no doubts that I'd enjoy myself here.

"I was speaking to Milly throughout the weeks about the club. He just kept giving rave reviews. He said he loved every minute of his time at Villa.

"He made a point of praising the fans too - he said they're great to play for. "He just made it clear that I would have a fantastic time here."

Grealish loan links

With Villa adding attacking reinforcements this month in Sinclair and Carles Gil, it's looking more likely that youngster Jack Grealish will head out for a loan stint to the Championship.

The 19-year-old winger has barely featured in Lambert's side in recent months, and the Daily Mirror have reported that a short stint at either Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest Ipswich Town or Brentford could be in the works.

Forest are said to be the favourites to land his services at this point, with Grealish more than familiar with Nottingham after playing at neighbours Notts County last season.

Drennan departs

Another youngster has departed on a permanent basis meanwhile, with striker Mikey Drennan moving back home to Ireland to join Shamrock Rovers.

The Under-21 international originally joined Villa from hometown club Evergreen FC in 2010, and had loan spells at Carlisle United and Portsmouth, respectively, over the past 12 months.

Speaking to the League of Ireland club's official website, Drennan said: “I feel very happy, it’s a good opportunity for me and hopefully I can kick start my career here and show the fans what I can really do.

"There were a few other offers but Rovers stood out for me because of their tradition as the biggest club in Ireland and I’ve heard the fans are amazing as well. It’s been a pleasure to come and sign here.

“It’s good to be back home, I can’t wait to get started and prove myself. Hopefully the next ten months will bring success, goals and trophies. I want to win everything. Rovers need to be winning leagues and I’m going to give everything to try and make that happen.”

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