Gardner sends message to Villa teammates on Twitter ahead of Birmingham match

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Gary Gardner has been ruled out of Aston Villa's match against Birmingham City through injury.

Gary Gardner has stated on social networking site Twitter that he would do anything to be able to play in Aston Villa's Capital One Cup match against Birmingham City tonight.

The central midfielder has been ruled out of the third-round tie through injury, but he is still keen to support his teammates and sent them a message on Twitter ahead of the match.

Gardner was expected to have a role to play in Villa's first-team this season, but his progress has been thwarted due to injury.

The youngster impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest last term and there were high hopes about him making an impact at Villa Park, but it seems that his breakthrough may be some way off yet. 

Gardner will be desperately hoping to see his Villa side beat Birmingham, though, as the pressure is on them to start getting results.

The Claret and Blues' poor recent form means that they simply cannot afford to get knocked out of the Capital One Cup this evening, especially against their rivals. 

Birmingham travel to Villa Park with confidence, having lost just one of their matches so far this season, and they are likely to give Tim Sherwood's side a tough test. 

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