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Drinkwater's future hangs in balance after 'headbutt'

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Danny Drinkwater's future at Villa  is on the line. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Danny Drinkwater's future at Villa is on the line. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Danny Drinkwater's future at Villa is on the line. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Aston Villa are poised to make a decision on Danny Drinkwater's future after the midfielder's latest misdemeanour.

Drinkwater will be fined following a training ground confrontation with Jota, after it was reported the Chelsea loanee headbutted the Spanish attacking midfielder during a six-a-side session.

Villa are paying half of Drinkwater's £120,000-a-week wages after signing him on loan in January and are considering their next move, with head coach Dean Smith in talks with the club hierarchy.

It is believed Villa may struggle to reach an agreement with Chelsea to scrap the deal prematurely, but they could instruct the England international to train away from the first-team squad. Jota will also be consulted for his opinion.

Ineligible

Villa face Chelsea on Saturday and with Drinkwater ineligible to play against his parent club, he may be told to stay away until next week, when a final decision is made.

Drinkwater has failed to impress since his arrival in the transfer window and has been an unused substitute in the past two Premier League games.

The clash with Jota is the latest incident to blemish the 30-year-old's career. During an unsuccessful loan spell at Burnley, he was sidelined for nearly three months after an ankle injury following an incident outside a Manchester nightclub in September.

Drinkwater has over two years remaining on his Chelsea contract, after joining the club for £35 million from Leicester City in 2017.

The training ground row is poor timing for Smith, whose team are second from bottom in the league. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent