The club have announced that Gabriel Agbonlahor has been suspended pending an internal investigation.
Aston Villa today announced on their official website that club captain Gabriel Agbonlahor has been suspended pending an internal investigation into claims that the striker was drinking and inhaling nitrous oxide on the night of the club's relegation.
Agbonlahor has been widely criticised this season by fans and pundits alike for poor form, which has seen him score just once in 18 appearances in all competitions.
Caretaker manager Eric Black announced recently that the 29-year-old would not be included in the matchday squad for the foreseeable future as he was deemed to be unfit to play.
It appears Agbonlahor has not taken that issue too seriously, as the Sun claimed he spent the night of Villa's relegation drinking and inhaling laughing gas with friends, which comes just weeks after he was pictured partying in Dubai.
The future of Villa's longest-serving player appears to be heading in only one direction after his recent conduct, and calls have already come in from ex-players for the club to sack the striker.
Shaun Teale, who won the League Cup in four years with the club in the early 1990s, was vociferous in his condemnation of the player on his personal Twitter account, writing: "There is only one thing left to do... sack him with immediate effect... f****** disgrace to be called a professional footballer."
However, in a conversation with a Villa fan on the social media platform, he expressed his doubt that the club would be bold enough to take such action, adding: "It wouldn't surprise me if Black put him in the team on Saturday. I don't believe the club has the b******* to sack him."
Meanwhile, former Villa striker and current radio pundit Stan Collymore, who stuck the boot into Joleon Lescott earlier this week and yesterday revealed his heated exchange with Agbonlahor in a private conversation, claimed the club will almost certainly be looking into the possibility of sacking the striker.
Another day, another Villa suspension and investigation.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 19, 2016
What a shambles.
Villa will try to sack Gabby if they can, no doubt. Not an asset anymore and a huge earner. Villa lawyers will be all over it.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 19, 2016
Agbonlahor has not featured for Villa since the defeat to Swansea City on 19 March, and it is increasingly looking as though that could turn out to have been the final appearance of his decade-long career with his hometown club.