Aston Villa injury update: Featuring Libor Kozak, Gabby Agbonlahor and others

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

Kozak could play some part in Saturday's clash with Bournemouth after recovering from an ankle injury, but Agbonlahor will miss the game with a virus.

Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak could make his comeback from a fractured ankle in tomorrow’s home game against Bournemouth, caretaker manager Eric Black has revealed at his pre-match press conference.

The 26-year-old Czech suffered the injury during Villa's 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in late January, but he returned to full training this week and has now declared himself fit for action.

Ciaran Clark could also feature against the Cherries after missing last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea with a minor calf problem, while attacking duo Jack Grealish and Adama Traore are pushing for starts as well.

The pair played 75 minutes each in the Under-21 side’s 1-0 loss to West Brom on Monday night and have both been included in the squad for Bournemouth’s visit.

“Traore came through 70 minutes with Jack Grealish in the Under-21 game, so both of them are in the squad,” Black said at his press conference. “Ciaran Clark also came back. He was out of the squad last week, but he’s come back and trained two or three times.

“Libor Kozak trained the last four days. He’s asked if he could be included in the squad. He wants to play so I’ve included him. Whether he’ll play, that remains to be seen.”

One player who will definitely not be featuring on Saturday, though, is Gabby Agbonlahor.

The long-serving striker was left out of the squad for the Chelsea game while Villa investigated his conduct on a recent trip to Dubai, and while the club have since confirmed that no further action will be taken, he has now come down with a virus.

Black was quick to stress, however, that the under-fire forward had been working hard in training before being sidelined once again, adding: “Gabby’s out of the squad. He called in this morning with a virus so he’s not in the squad.

“I’ve set certain boundaries and parameters that the whole group work to, but I’ve not had a problem with him. He’s been fine in training. He’s been absolutely fine. He’s worked hard, he’s done the things I’ve asked of him, so no, I couldn’t question that.”

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