Outcast Given prepared to take Villa chance
Aston Villa keeper Shay Given is eager to play first team football again despite being relegated to third choice stopper this term behind summer signing Jed Steer and Brad Guzan. "As a footballer, as a player, that's all you want to do - play in front of big crowds, to show people you've still got the ability to play, hopefully in the Premier League," the 37 year old told the Birmingham Mail.
"It's just frustrating that I'm not playing and it's hard to keep training and know there's no game at the end of the week. "I'm fit as a fiddle, I feel really sharp and I'm just raring to get the chance if it comes along.
"Things can quickly change in football - injuries, suspensions, you never know - so if I do get my chance, then I've got to be ready to take it."