Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner, on loan at Nottingham Forest, keen to feature in FA Cup Final

Gardner is keen to return to Villa, and feature in the FA Cup Final.

Speaking to Forest Player, Gardner admitted that he is targeting a place in Tim Sherwood’s squad for the FA Cup Final, despite still being on loan with Nottingham Forest.

“I still have to maintain my fitness and go back to Villa and impress another new gaffer," the young midfielder said. "I mean that’s part of football.

“And hopefully I can go back there and impress him, and be involved in the cup final.”

Gardner has two games remaining on his loan deal with Championship side Forest, having netted four goals and registered one assist with Dougie Freedman’s men since joining the club on loan in January.

The 22-year-old spent the first half of the season with Brighton, but failed to truly impress, and it has only been during his stay at the City Ground that he looks to have found his feat.

A four goal return in 17 appearances is a good tally for a midfielder, and it is hard to deny that he will at least fight for a place in Sherwood’s plans for the FA Cup Final, with that game occurring a few weeks after the close of the Championship season.

He will have to go back to Villa Park and impress, considering he has not trained with the club since Sherwood’s appointment, but if he keeps up his impressive run of form a place in Villa’s squad is there for the taking.

He will have a handful of Premier League games to feature in before the final to impress the new head coach, and if putting in the same level of performance as that shown in the last few weeks, it will be hard to look past Gardner being included in Sherwood’s squad for Villa’s most important game of their recent history.

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