Lambert retains N'Zogbia faith

Paul Lambert has denied Charles N'Zogbia is surplus to requirements at Aston Villa, instead praising the work the winger is putting in to try and get fit.

Last Updated: 11/04/14 at 15:31 Post Comment

Charles N'Zogbia: Trying hard to get fit

Charles N'Zogbia: Trying hard to get fit

The 27-year-old has not featured for the Premier League outfit this season after picking up an Achilles tendon injury during pre-season.

Lambert recently admitted he is unlikely to return before the end of the season and has now revealed he has been training with the club's youngsters.

But he has denied this means N'Zogbia is surplus to requirements, rather he is not fit enough to train at a higher level.

The Villa boss told the Birmingham Mail: "It's just in my opinion he isn't ready for training in the first team at the minute. It's too much for him.

"Charles has been training with the kids. His injury is the same as Christian (Benteke)'s got. It's really bad.

"He's still really short of match fitness. You can do all the training you want, you can work with the fitness lads, but for this level of football you've got to get yourself up to top level.

"I don't think he's ready for anything like that at the minute."

Tempo

He added: "He's training but when you return to train with the first team it's difficult because of the speed of it and the tempo of it.

"It can put you back if you're not 100 per cent ready for anything.

"It's not one of those ones where you can go 'there you are Charles, you're fit and you're in'. It's too far off."

Instead, Lambert is pleased with the attitude of N'Zogbia as he tries to get fit.

"You've got to put the graft in or else you don't come back. Charles is putting the work in and that's a big thing.

"If you don't put the work in in the rehab then you're cutting yourself short. He's been fine on that."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Copa del Rey: Luis Enrqique says Neymar had to be substituted against Atletico Madrid to prevent injury

Luis Enrique says he had to substitute Neymar to prevent him from being injured in an ugly cup tie with Atletico.

Capital One Cup: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino pleased to overcome challenging tie with Sheffield United

Mauricio Pochettino dedicated Tottenham's Capital One Cup semi-final triumph over Sheffield United to the fans.

Capital One Cup: Nigel Clough praises battling Sheffield United after Tottenham reach final

Nigel Clough was left to ponder what might have been after Spurs dashed Sheffield United's Capital One Cup final dreams.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company