Villa captain Gareth Barry has stuck up for former Villa striker Darius Vassell saying the player didn't want to leave.
Vassell was a Brummie born Villa fan who left during David O'Leary's reign. Even after he left he has shown where his heart is by signing a petition against Racism at Villa. In the occupation column he just wrote 'Villa fan'.
Hopefully he'll get a decent reception tonight, although with the Villa fans history of poor receptions to former Villa players, I doubt it.
Barry told the official site: 'Darius will enjoy coming back, because he's a big Villa fan, his family are and probably a lot of his friends. He haunted us a few times last season, so we've got to be on our guard for him this time. His season has been a bit indifferent because of injuries, but he's slowly got himself involved and he'll be looking to play at Villa Park.'
'I think moving away was probably a big decision for him and Darius was probably a little upset when he was eventually told he'd be moving on. I'm not sure of the details, but I'd be surprised if he asked to leave the club. It was a bit of a shock for Darius and it probably took him a while to get used to things. So yes Darius was upset, but he's at a big club in Manchester City and he's enjoying his football, so he's moved on.'
So will Vassell get a good reception from you tonight?
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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