Aston Villa attacker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has posted on Twitter after finally making a comeback from injury with a goal for the Midlands side's second string.
Hepburn-Murphy has been ruled out for the last four months with a groin injury, but the 19-year-old returned and opened the scoring inside two minutes by cutting inside and hammering a low shot past young West Brom goalkeeper Alex Palmer.
It saw Villa go onto win 4-1 at Aggborough, with Jordan Cox, Callum O'Hare and Harry McKirdy all getting their names on the score sheet to earn a comfortable win in Hepburn-Murphy's return.
The striker, who holds the record as Villa's youngest player to appear for the first team, posted on Twitter after the game. He described his lay-off as a "long four months" but could now be back involved with Steve Bruce's first team.
Villa are currently without a number of first-team strikers and Hepburn-Murphy's return will come as a huge boost. Jonathan Kodjia remains sidelined with an ankle problem, while Scott Hogan has only just recovered from surgery on his stomach. Gabby Agbonlahor is yet to return from a calf injury, which has seen Keinan Davis start up front.
Aston Villa fans reacted to Hepburn-Murphy's post, with one fan even claiming that the first-team strikers "need some tips" on how to find the back of the net.
get to the first team, they need some tips— rob mahony (@rob_mahony) December 18, 2017
Great to see you back on the pitch and amongst the goals. Hopefully the start of a new, long and successful chapter for you now.— AVFC U23 (@AVFCU23) December 18, 2017
hope 2018 is injury free Rushian. Expecting great things from you #UTV— susie barnsby (@susiebarn) December 18, 2017
Excellent— Shelley (@ShelleyOzzy) December 18, 2017
Get him in the first team— Camo (@adamcavfc1987) December 18, 2017
Hopefully you be in squad on Saturday. Up the villa— David o mahony (@Davidomahony18) December 18, 2017
Well done son can not wait to see you back in the first team— villan59er (@villian59er) December 18, 2017
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