Towards the back end of last season, and now throughout pre-season, Henri Lansbury has been out of the Aston Villa treatment room and trying to prove his worth on the field of play.
Dean Smith has previously spoken highly about the player as it seems as though he just needed to stay fit in order to prove his worth in a Villa shirt. But he may not be able to do that now.
The Sun 1 August, page 53) have claimed that Lansbury could be heading for the exit door of Bodymoor Heath's training ground because Villa are willing to let him leave for the 'right price'.
If Lansbury does move on to a new club then he should have no complaints because things simply haven't clicked for him at the club.
They all seem to merge into one, from constant injuries to lack of game time and form, but Villa have to be ruthless in their decision making as they prepare for the Premier League.
The Midlands outfit have added 12 new faces to their squad since their promotion - three were loan signings made permanent - and two of those captures were midfield players.
The signing of Douglas Luiz from Manchester City and Marvellous Nakamaba has no doubt pushed Lansbury further down the pecking order.
The former Arsenal academy graduate joined Villa in January 2017 when he made a £2.75 million switch from Nottingham Forest [BBC Sport].
Whilst the talent is there from Lansbury, and he could have surprised many ahead of the new season, it isn't a surprise to see Villa parting ways with him with Thursday's deadline looming ever closer.
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