February 24, 2024

Youri Tielemans, Pau Torres and Robin Olsen have all returned to training ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to Everton on Sunday.

Midfielder Tielemans has not featured since the 1-0 victory over Arsenal in early December, while centre-back Pau Torres has also struggled with injury over the last four matches.

Goalkeeper Olsen has not appeared in Villa’s matchday 20 since the club’s 2-2 draw at AFC Bournemouth last month.

Head coach Emery could potentially be boosted by their return to his squad for the clash against the Toffees at Goodison Park, with the trio set to be assessed on Saturday.

However, Villa remain without the injured Lucas Digne and Bertrand Traoré, who is competing for Burkina Faso at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Unai Emery.

Speaking at Friday’s pre-match media conference, Emery said: “Robin Olsen is coming back, he trained yesterday and today with us. Tomorrow, if everything goes well, he is available.

“Pau Torres is with us, training with the group.

“Youri Tielemans started working with us as well this week, he’s progressively getting better.

“Tomorrow, if everything goes well, maybe they could both be in the squad, as well with the possibility to play.

“But, of course, we are going to try and analyse individually as well how they progress after they’ve been injured, what is the best decision with them.

“Lucas Digne is out, he’s not available for Sunday, and Bertrand Traoré is with his national team.”

Asked about Digne’s potential return, Emery added: “I don’t know exactly, we’re not playing next week, we’re playing two weeks later.

“Maybe yes, but we have to be patient with his comeback.”

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