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Shay Given says he is "raring to get the chance" to play for Aston Villa again despite his frustration at falling down the pecking order this season.

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Shay Given: Says he is fit and ready to play if Aston Villa need him this season

Shay Given: Says he is fit and ready to play if Aston Villa need him this season

The 37-year-old lost his first-team spot to Brad Guzan early last campaign and has now been relegated to third choice goalkeeper this term behind summer signing Jed Steer.

The former Newcastle and Manchester City stopper was rumoured to be close to sealing a deadline day move to Liverpool but no transfer materialised.

A loan move to the Championship could ensure Given gets some regular first-team action this season but his reported £65,000 a week wages have so far put off potential suitors.

Given admits he is frustrated to be sat on the sidelines but insists he is ready to help Villa should anything happen to Guzan or Steer.

"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," he 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."

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