Tim Sherwood discusses the big problem facing Gary Gardner, gives comeback update

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The Aston Villa boss has been discussing the 23-year-old midfielder.

Aston Villa head coach Tim Sherwood has warned there is a big problem facing Gary Gardner in that he has picked up so many injuries so early on in his career, according to the club's official website.

As such, the Villa boss wants to be cautious when it comes to the young midfielder's return to action.

Gardner will integrate with the Under-21s at first and will only be reintroduced to the Villa first team if he shows form and maintains his fitness in training.

Sherwood told AVTV: "I am really pleased for Gary. He worked very hard in pre-season and was very unfortunate to get the injury at a poor time for him.

"We will make sure we don't rush him back. He's back out training and integrating with the U21s at the moment so they can tailor a session to what he needs. Then we will bring him back accordingly.

"We won't be rushing him because, unfortunately for him, he's had a lot of injuries at a very young age. We have to make sure they don't keep reoccurring. It's about getting up to speed and dropping him into the team if he warrants it."

Caution... but potential

Sherwood is no doubt right to show caution when it comes to, in his own words, a young midfielder who has already suffered so many injury problems.

But the excitement surrounding Gardner's return - now and also during pre-season - among Aston Villa fans suggests this is a 23-year-old with the potential to make a real impact on the first team.

Ashley Westwood has been criticised of late and many see Gardner as the ideal replacement. If he can make it through the comeback process without further injury delays, then, the young midfielder will have been worth taking the patient approach with.

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