Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill was happy to include several youngsters in his squad for this week's preseason camp in Switzerland.
The Villa boss told the club's website: "We are taking some young lads out there and that would always have been the case - whether our squad was up to full strength or not.
"That's what we did last year. I like the younger players to get a bit of experience with the first-team so that it's not as daunting when they eventually do come through.
"We're going to take young Elliott Parish out as well as back-up to Stuart Taylor, but we are hoping to resolve the goalkeeping situation pretty soon. In the meantime the experience won't do the young lad any harm."