Player returns to full training ahead of heavyweight fixtures
Bertrand Traore Aston Villa player has return to full training ahead of heavyweight fixtures coming later this months.
Following his hamstring problems following last month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Villa’s £17 million winger Bertrand Traore is back in action.
SportEarly has learned that Bertrand Traore has returned to full training this week.
Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations last month, the 26-year-old Burkinabe had been sidelined with a hamstring ailment.
Steven Gerrard earlier expressed his ‘frustration’ when Traore returned to Bodymoor Heath following another setback – the winger’s third injury since the start of the season, following previous groin and thigh issues.
Traore rejoined the first-team group on Tuesday, according to BirminghamLive, ahead of Villa’s match against Southampton this weekend.
Traore only played 53 minutes of Premier League action between August and Boxing Day this season, prior to Gerrard’s arrival.
Since then, Gerrard has only seen Traore play 97 minutes in a Villa shirt, the last of which came in a rare start away at Brentford in January, when Villa were defeated 2-1.
Traore regained his health at the AFCON last month, playing over 450 minutes to help Burkina Faso finish fourth in Cameroon.
The former Ajax and Lyon midfielder, who cost Villa £17 million in 2020, is set to return for the last 13 Premier League games of the season, with Southampton (March 5), Leeds (March 10), West Ham (March 13), and Arsenal (March 19) all scheduled to play before the next international break.
At a news conference at Bodymoor Heath tomorrow at 2pm, Gerrard will offer an update on Traore’s fitness.
Marvelous Nakamba is now the lone Villa player that is unavailable. Carney Chukwuemeka, who had a minor injury last week, is set to return this weekend.
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