Alan Hutton claims his first team exile is about finances rather than football, reports the Birmingham Mail.
Hutton has not been selected for a matchday squad since Lambertâ€™s first friendly in charge and has been forced to train with the kids.
Hutton is just 12 months into the four-year contract he signed last summer and is believed to be earning more than ÂŁ30,000 per week.
â€śAt the time I was told it was nothing to do with my ability,â€ť said the Scotland international. â€śIt was all about the other aspect of it.
â€śIf thatâ€™s the case I donâ€™t see why I wonâ€™t be considered for the team. Iâ€™m still on the books, so thereâ€™s no reason to leave me out altogether.
â€śMyself and the new manager get on fine, there is no problem between us whatsoever. Iâ€™ve actually had really good conversations with him since heâ€™s taken over.
Hopefully, now the window is closed and no more deals can be done, Iâ€™ll push my way back in.
â€śItâ€™s frustrating, of course it is.
â€śAs a footballer itâ€™s probably the worst situation to be in, sitting not getting the chance to play.
â€śItâ€™s hard to take, but the only thing I can do is keep working hard and show him if needed Iâ€™m ready.
â€śItâ€™s all about not giving up and doing all I can to get back in the fold at Villa.â€ť