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Villa youngster Gardner one for the future

Teenage central defender Gary Gardner will have his chance before the end of the season at Aston Villa to make an impact in the first team, claims assistant boss Peter Grant. Grant insists it will not be long before the 19 year old, the younger brother of former Villa midfielder Craig, will make the step up from the bench where he has started three times this season.

"We feel he'll have a big part to play for us soon, absolutely no doubt about that," Grant told the club's official website.

"He's a talented boy. Going through this period in December and from Christmas onwards we feel he's got the talent to be part of things.

"His performances with the reserves have been excellent, he's a fantastic professional and he will get a chance because his talent will dictate that and we're all looking forward to working with him."

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