Alan Hutton has returned to Aston Villa training and could be in line for some first-team action before the Championship season draws to a close, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the right-back was back on the training pitch for Dean Smith’s side after injuring his knee during his side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City in February.
At that time, it seemed as though his season and his Villa career could be over because the 34-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer, according to transfermarkt.
But with six games of the season remaining, and potentially more games in the offing depending on Villa’s playoff fate, Hutton could be in line to grace the Villa Park pitch one last time.
It remains to be seen if Hutton does stay beyond the summer, but given his age and Smith’s philosophy of bringing through young players, it won’t be a surprise to see him depart.
In his absence, Ahmed Elmohamady has deputised in the right full-back position and he has been part of a team that is currently on a six-game winning run.
Those results and performances have seen Villa move into fifth place in the table as their hopes of finishing in the top-six are now in their hands.
On Wednesday night, Villa travel to Yorkshire to take on relegation-threatened Rotherham before they take on fellow promotion chasers Bristol City on home soil.
Given the form of the team, the form of the individual players and Hutton’s recent return, it would be a surprise to see him make either of those matchday squads.