Friday 30 September 2016

Agbonlahor deemed not fit enough to play by Villa

John Percy

Published 15/04/2016 | 02:30

'The 29-year-old (pictured), who was ruled out of last week’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth after calling in sick with a virus 24 hours before the game, will be unavailable for the next two weeks' Photo: Getty
'The 29-year-old (pictured), who was ruled out of last week’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth after calling in sick with a virus 24 hours before the game, will be unavailable for the next two weeks' Photo: Getty

Gabriel Agbonlahor is facing the end of his Aston Villa career after being ordered to take a personal training regime because he is not fit enough to play.

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Villa's nightmare season plumbed further depths when caretaker manager Eric Black revealed that their record Premier League scorer was "not at the level where he can contribute", with only five games left.

The 29-year-old, who was ruled out of last week's 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth after calling in sick with a virus 24 hours before the game, will be unavailable for the next two weeks and is unlikely to play again this season ahead of being sold in the summer.

The striker, who earns £54,000 a week, will train with the U-21s tomorrow while the first team face Manchester United.

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"I sat down with Gabby on Monday and we agreed to put a personal fitness regime in place to get him up to speed so he can be considered again," Black said.

"I have to get the best out of the squad and Gabby was not in the condition to be involved. He's agreed he needs to be in better condition. I can't do the running. That'll be up to Gabby - it's his responsibility. In the last 10 days I have identified various things and that's one of them.

"If they don't want to train properly, be part of the group or be ready to perform that's the only sanction I've got."

Villa have not fined Agbonlahor but his days off have been cancelled - on Wednesday he trained on his own while the rest of the squad were off.

When asked if Agbonlahor would feature again this season, Black replied: "If I see an improvement, there's no reason why I wouldn't (pick him)." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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