Wednesday 16 November 2011

Jenas set for Aston Villa debut

Midfielder to make long-awaited first appearance after joining in August

Jermaine Jenas joined Villa on a season-long loan at the end of the August transfer window

Jermaine Jenas looks set to make his Aston Villa debut on Saturday after recovering from injury.

Jenas returned to the squad after a lay-off caused by an Achilles injury and is looking to complete a full week of training ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Norwich City.

Villa manager Alex McLeish is keen to play the midfielder, who has yet to play for the Club after signing on a season-long loan from Tottenham, after electing to rest him for last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

"I thought it was a little bit early for Jermaine last weekend at Sunderland," the Scot told the Club's official website.

"I said to him it was good for him to get a good week behind him and then we can consider introducing him into the squad for the Norwich game.

"He trained on Monday and did a separate bit away from the group on Tuesday because of the intensity of our session.

"On Thursday and Friday he'll be back with the group. I know the fans are keen to see him and I am keen to see him as well. We want to get him into the action as quickly as we can.

"I'm confident that we can get him involved with the squad this weekend. It's all about match fitness but we've not really got a chance to give him a lot of match practice before plunging him right in.

"We'll see whether he's ready to be in the 18 this weekend, but the signs are very good.

"Obviously it gives me a selection problem with players getting left out and that will be the hardest thing."

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Key Points

  • Midfielder desperate to make Aston Villa debut
  • Jenas has recovered from an Achilles injury
  • Arrived on season-long loan from Tottenham in August