Nakamba back in action for Villa after recovering from knee injury
Zimbabwean international Marvelous Nakamba has finally recovered from a serious knee injury he sustained last year in December and is now back in full action.
The 28-year-old holding midfielder played his first match in two months for his side Aston Villa although he featured in the team’s Under-23s side when they played and lost to Stoke City at Villa Park on Friday night.
The Hwange born highly rated midfielder started the match but played up to 60 minutes before he was substituted making way for Villa’s youngster Kerr Smith.
Giving an update on the Warriors’ star’s injury the Claret and Blue head coach Steven Gerrard said he is hopeful the ex- Bantu Rovers player will be readily available in Villa’s game against Tottenham Hotspur next weekend (Saturday).
Gerrard revealed this last Friday ahead of his side’s 2-1 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers over the weekend afternoon at Molineux Stadium.
“We’ve got the majority of the group healthy at the moment. We’ve got one or two who travelled and were in transit for a long time over the last 24 hours.
“There’s really only Nakamba now who we are trying to get up to speed. We’re hoping he will be in and around the Tottenham game,” said Gerrard on Friday.
“He’s had two weeks training now so if we can get Nakamba up to speed we’re ready to go and attack the next eight games after tomorrow. It’s very much about focusing on now and trying to put ourselves in a really positive position for pre-season,” he added.
Nakamba’s return to the Villa fold is agreebly going to hand Gerrard a huge boost in his squad following the team’s unfavourable results when the left footed player got injured when the Villains lost 1-0 to Liverpool at Anfield in December.
He has recovered well after undergoing a knee surgery that determined he must be sidelined for 12-16 weeks.
His injury setback came at a time he had slowly turned into a mainstay in Gerrard’s midfield department, cementing himself in the gaffer’s preferred starting eleven.
Furthermore, as a result of his enticing performance the soft spoken midfielder was then voted the club’s player of the month for the month of November 2021. Nehanda Radio