Sherwood looks to be coming under increasing pressure at Aston Villa due to consistently poor results, but Tim Sherwood is hoping to have three first-team players back in action when the Premier League returns after the international break, according to an interview with the Birmingham Mail.
Sherwood said: “Hopefully Ciaran [Clark] will be fit for the next game, so for him the break will do him good, but he needs to do some training. Gabby’s [Agbonlahor] got a calf injury and hasn’t trained yet. Adam’s [Traore] still struggling with his ankle. I’m hoping that they can train so we can get them fit because they need to be fitter to play in the Premier League.”
Sherwood has led Villa to just one victory this season, securing a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on the first day of the season.
Since then, Villa have looked disjointed in a number of games, and Sherwood has found himself messing around with his tactical set-up to ensure he can field what he believes is his best team.
Unfortunately, he has been unable to actually name what is his best team on paper, due to a number of injury and fitness issues throughout the Villa squad.
All three players Sherwood has mentioned have endured fitness issues this season, with Clark, Traore and Agbonlahor all finding themselves on the sidelines for varying periods of time.
Traore has so far played just three first-team games for Villa since his summer move from Barcelona, having arrived with no pre-season and a lack of fitness, whilst Clark and Agbonlahor have fared slightly better.
Clark has played five games in all competitions, although has found himself out of the starting side in recent weeks, whilst Agbonlahor started the season as a key play, but has missed the last two games - not even being named on the bench.
All three are currently working on their fitness, and Sherwood has admitted that he needs the trio performing at their top output if Villa are to enjoy a good season.
Sherwood claims that Clark could be back in time for the next fixture - a tie against Chelsea - with the international break ensuring an extra week of training before competitive action resumes.
Hopefully, for Sherwood’s sake, all three players are back for the game with Chelsea, with Villa searching for some much needed points.