Marvelous Nakamba will make his long-awaited return to match action tonight with the Zimbabwean man set for an hour-long outing for Aston Villa’s under-23s against Stoke City.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined for almost four months after damaging knee ligaments in Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield back in December.
Steven Gerrard said: “Marvelous Nakamba will play for the reserves tonight and he’ll play somewhere between 45 and 60 minutes, which is a big positive. Hopefully he can be back and have a full week leading into Tottenham and maybe be available to face them. It might be a bit too soon for him now because he hasn’t had any serious game time.
“Hopefully he comes through that, recovers well and then he can be back with the group. He’s been back training fully for ten, 12 days and he’s smiling, getting closer and closer. The rest are all healthy, in a good place and ready to go.”