Lyden 'buzzing' after return from injury

Australian youngster Jordan Lyden made his return from a quad injury this week for Aston Villa a week out from the new English Championship season.

The 20-year-old midfielder had missed the past two months after tearing a quad muscle on the final day of the 2015-16 Premier League season with Villa.

Lyden returned in Wednesday’s 3-0 friendly win against Cambridge United, starting and playing 71 minutes.

The youngster has missed the bulk of Villa’s pre-season but his return comes just over a week out from the club’s Championship opener against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday 8 August.

Absolutely buzzing to be back out there and get 70 minutes under my belt good 3-0 win! #avfc

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The Australia Under-20 international made six appearances for the Villans in the 2015-16 season, having previously battled hamstring problems.

New Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo recently said he’d give young players an opportunity this term if they warranted it, in a positive sign for Lyden.

"I'm not shy of giving a young player a chance if he deserves it," Di Matteo told BBC WM.

"In my past I've always worked with young players and we certainly have some talented youngsters at the club."



Getting an injury on the final day of the season is great in the sense it doesn't cost you any missed game time. It only stuffs up your holiday plans a bit. He's lucky in that sense.

Only 20 years old and playing in the Championship ! Despite 2 injuries setbacks... he must be training hard and will be providing a threat to Mooy, Rogic and Luongo keeping their places in midfield... especially Luongo will have to be on his toes. That's great !