Callum Robinson could feature during Aston Villa's run-in, reveals Tim Sherwood

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The 20-year-old striker will be recalled from his loan spell at Preston North End next week, even if the League One club make the play-off final.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has hinted to the Birmingham Mail that striker Callum Robinson could feature for the club before the end of the season.

Robinson, 20, has spent most of this term on loan at Preston North End, making 24 League One appearances, while recording four goals and four assists from the left wing to help the club to a third-place finish.

The England Under-20 international has been training back at Villa this week following the end of the Football League's regular campaign, but Sherwood has now allowed him head back to Deepdale for their play-off semi-final series against Chesterfield at the request of Preston manager Simon Grayson.

However, the promising forward won’t be allowed to stick around should the club progress to the final, with the Villa boss eager to run the rule over him during the Premier League run-in.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s first-leg at Chesterfield, Sherwood said: “He’s gone back to Preston and he will play tonight. Ultimately he’s going there to play for Aston Villa so the priority is us.

“I had him in for training this week but I want to have a further good look at him I’m not loaning him for the final because we want to see him here.

“If we leave him there for the final we haven’t got the opportunity to see him and say to him: ‘we don’t want you next season or we do’.

“He can play the last game of the season if things go well for us. He’s got a good chance of playing for us.”

Robinson did feature in the top-flight last season under the since-departed Paul Lambert, making four brief cameos after earning his professional debut in August 2013 as a late substitute in a 4-0 League Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

He was also recalled from Preston in November following Darren Bent’s loan move to Brighton but failed to see a single minute of first-team action over the next two months before heading back to the North West.

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