Aston Villa owner Tony Xia offers an update on Gabby Agbonlahor's status

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

The long-serving striker has met with Xia and manager Roberto Di Matteo to discuss his future at the club after failing to feature in the first two games of the season.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has offered an update on the future of Gabby Agbonlahor, revealing on Twitter that the club will look to give the out-of-favour striker the chance to prove his worth with a loan spell.

The Daily Mirrorrecently reported that the 29-year-old could be released by the club in the coming weeks after being told that he does not feature in new boss Roberto Di Matteo’s plans, but Xia has since explained that there could still be a chance for him to revive his Villa career.

The Birmingham-born forward held crunch talks with management about his situation on Friday and could now be set for a temporary stint away from Villa Park to give him the opportunity to play regularly and show that he deserves a fresh start in B6.

Leicester City's Robert Huth in action with Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

Agbonlahor endured a terrible 2015-16 season with his childhood club, scoring just once in 18 total appearances before being forced to train with the Under-21s for the closing weeks of the campaign following a string of controversial incidents.

The former academy graduate, whose Villa contract expires in 2018, was initially dropped from the first-team for April’s 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea while the club conducted an internal investigation into his conduct during a trip to Dubai, before he was put on a personal fitness programme later that month after caretaker manager Eric Black revealed that he was “not at the level to contribute”.

Aston Villa fans with Gabby Agbonlahor masks

Only a few days later, though, he was reportedly pictured out partying on the same night the West Midlands outfit were relegated from the Premier League with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, leading him to resign as club captain following a three-week club suspension.

Having seemingly burned all his bridges at Villa by that stage, many supporters had assumed that the ex-England international had made his last appearance in a claret and blue shirt, but it now remains to be seen how things will develop during the closing stages of the summer transfer window.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor (L) in action with Wolves' Conor Coady

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