Jores Okore is nearing a return to the first team after completing 90 minutes of football in Villa’s U21 game against West Brom. Okore has been out all summer after having surgery on his knee over the summer. Hopefully Okore can come back soon as Clark and Okore had a fantastic partnership last season.
“I am delighted for Jores. The plan was for him to play 45 minutes but the guy is such a warrior, you have to drag him off the field. No-one was brave enough to drag him off.
“It was fantastic for him – and for the club.
“After the international break, we will get a couple more games into him and then he will be ready to go, I hope.
Meanwhile, Agbonlahor had picked up an injury against Birmingham last week. Sherwood has not mentioned when Agbonlahor could potential be back in contention but it appears as though Villa will slowly ease him into the starting 11.
“Gabby is improving every day.
“We’re giving him some treatment every day and just assessing it and making sure it’s right.
“With the explosive power that Gabby has, the calf isn’t the greatest place to get injured. It’s where you push off and where your power comes from.
Lastly, an update on Gary Gardner who has been one of the most unluckiest Villa players in recent years is also progressing well. Gardner is the furthest away from making a return. Light training has already began for Gary Gardner, although he is yet to play any U21 football as of yet.
“I am really pleased for Gary too. He worked very hard in pre-season and was very unfortunate to get the injury at a poor time for him.
“We will make sure we don’t rush him back. He’s back out training and integrating with the U21s at the moment so they can tailor a session to what he needs. Then we will bring him back accordingly.”
I’d like to see Gardner have a good injury-free run. He has so much potential but constant injuries are affecting his development. I can’t remember another youth player who has had such injury luck in recent years but hopefully Gardner can come back strong and remain injury free for the remainder of the season. We could sure use him in central midfield right now.