Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told the Daily Star that Brad Guzan isn't completely ruled out of the first-team picture at Villa Park.
Guzan, 31, joined Villa from Chivas USA way back in 2008, but made just 30 appearances in his first four years at Villa Park, spending most of his time behind Brad Friedel and Shay Given before becoming a regular in 2012.
The United States international had been Villa's first choice goalkeeper for the three seasons prior to this campaign, but this term hasn't been a good one for Guzan.
His season has been littered with errors and general poor performance, leading to manager Remi Garde dropping him to the bench and promoting backup Mark Bunn to the starting line-up.
Villa had picked up of late before being hammered 6-0 by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, leading to some fans questioning whether Guzan should be recalled in place of Bunn.
Now, manager Garde has told the Daily Star that he isn't ruling Guzan out of the reckoning entirely, and believes his situation 'is not particularly easy'.
Garde also admitted that Guzan has been performing well in training of late, and is looking for competition for places in all areas of the team - including between the sticks.
"I don’t want to rule out Brad completely," said Garde. "I guess his situation is not particularly easy at the moment but then I have to say he has been training very well and backing Mark. It’s not completely definitive. Every player has to perform well to keep his place because I have got competition in every position," he added.
Who should be Villa's first choice goalkeeper; Guzan or Bunn?