Before Aston Villa’s Premier League match against Everton, Steven Gerrard provided an update on Kortney Hause. He said the 27-year-old has resumed training on grass following his knee injury, so it will likely be a month or two before he is able to focus on improving his match fitness.
Hause will require a gradual return because he has been out for five months and won’t want to rush his comeback at the risk of damage. Before playing for the U23s, the 27-year-old should observe how his knee feels on grass, and then Gerrard will have to decide on his immediate future.
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With Diego Carlos, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, and Calum Chambers as competition at Villa, the former England youth international has little opportunity of playing for the first team; thus, a loan transfer away in January would be advantageous for all sides. Without playing a single minute of competitive football since March, it’s difficult to imagine him being sold in January.
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Due to his present position, Hause had interest from Bournemouth and Watford that didn’t materialise this summer, but Villa might have more chance attracting a suitor if he becomes healthy before the new year.
He can play in competition following his recovery thanks to a brief stay elsewhere, which is far preferable to waiting on the bench or being left off the team.