Henri Lansbury has confirmed on Instagram that he is missing Aston Villa’s EFL Cup clash against Brighton because of an ‘ankle twist’.

The 28-year-old has been a back-up player for Dean Smith this season, but when it has come to the League Cup games, he has been given a shot in the starting XI.

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But he won’t be getting any minutes on the pitch against Brighton on Wednesday evening because of an injury, which is a big blow to his ambitions to try and break into Villa’s midfield.

This was Lansbury’s message to the Villa fans about that Brighton game, as posted on his personal Instagram account.

It has been a tough ride for Lansbury since he first walked through the doors of Bodymoor Heath in 2017, with injuries affecting his chances of proving his worth.

It has resulted in him being a bit-part player for the club, with Smith deciding to keep him at the club over the summer.

He is yet to start a Premier League game, but he did start their EFL Cup win at Crewe last month and he will be hoping injuries don’t continue to plague his ambitions of wanting to play Premier League football on a regular basis.

It’s a tough ask as it is for him to try and break into Villa’s midfield with Jack Grealish and John McGinn near-on undroppable and Lansbury not really suited to that number 6 role.

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