Garde offers no guarantees and won’t rule out striker exit

Date published: Friday 15th January 2016 1:36 - James Marshment

Libor Kozak: Aston Villa striker wanted by Birmingham City

Remi Garde has refused to rule out letting Libor Kozak leave Aston Villa – despite the forgotten striker’s return in midweek.

Forward Kozak made his first Premier League start for more than two years when he featured in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

He is again on stand-by to start in Saturday’s visit of Leicester as bottom club Villa try to close the eight-point gap to safety.

Birmingham tried to take Kozak, who suffered a broken leg in January 2014, on loan earlier in the season while Garde has previously said he can leave this month and has offered no guarantees he will stay.

He said: “He is still an Aston Villa player, we’ll wait and see. I have no offers on the table at the moment.

“I was pleased with the way he played – I would have liked one or two goals and probably he has the same feeling – but he gave me an answer in the first month we had together.

“He worked very hard with a very good attitude in the training sessions, it’s why I thought I could give him an opportunity to play.

“I watched the game again and for the first game it was very interesting.”


Skipper Micah Richards is fit to face Leicester after an ankle problem while Jack Grealish (tonsilitis), Gabriel Agbonlahor (back) and Carlos Sanchez (hamstring) have returned to training.

Garde added: “It could be the same team but we still have two training sessions, we will assess the situation of a few players.

“Micah is fully fit, if really needed he could have played on Tuesday but sometimes when we have two or three games in a row it could be not the best to play him.”

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