Villa starlet's 'dream' return boost
Marc Albrighton is delighted to be back in training and hopes to return to action for Aston Villa 'in a couple of weeks'.
The young winger has been sidelined for three months because of a stress fracture of the foot, ruling him out of Villa's Premier League campaign to date under the new regime of Paul Lambert.
However, Albrighton is now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after getting back on the Bodymoor Heath training pitch at the weekend.
And, with the emphasis being on building up his fitness levels, Albrighton is hopeful that it won't be too much longer before he is fighting for a first-team start at Villa Park.
He told the club's website: "I did it running down the wing in training. I went to pass the ball, changed direction and ended up with a stress fracture in my foot.
"I trained on it for a week because I didn't know I had done anything. It kept getting worse each day and when I went for a scan it came back that I had a stress fracture. It was a bolt from the blue. It was a shock.
"But it's going well now. I started training on Sunday and I did some more training on Tuesday.
"Hopefully I will have a couple of weeks to get sharp and then I can get going again.
"I have been doing full training with the group. I had a few sessions with the fitness coach and the physios previously and it went fine. Touch wood, I'm back now.
"It's a dream to be back. Watching the lads over the last couple of games has been fantastic. But there's nothing like playing."