Aston Villa travel to Leicester City this weekend in a bid to find their way back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Steven Gerrard’s side are currently on their longest losing streak since the former Rangers boss took over at Villa Park in November. His arrival came at the back of the club losing five games in a row under Dean Smith, who was subsequently sacked.
Villa currently sit in 15th place, but a first victory since March at the King Power could be the tonic for a strong end to the season. After this weekend, Gerrard has just six games left to help the club to a top-flight finish for the first time in a decade.
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But Leicester also need a positive result having won only once in their last four league games. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side have been given a boost by the return of Jamie Vardy, who joined the Foxes’ training sessions ahead of this weekend’s clash.
The striker has been out for several weeks after suffering a knee problem, which Rodgers now hopes has been put to bed. Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Everton last time out, Rodgers gave a promising update on his star striker. “He looks good,” Rodgers said. “He joins the team tomorrow (Thursday) for training which is great news for us. He gives us that extra dimension at the top of the peloton.”
However, the game against Villa could come too early for the former England international to start only his second game of the calendar year. In his absence, Patson Daka should lead the line for the Foxes.