Steven Gerrard reveals Tyrone Mings is BACK in contention ahead of clash with Everton… with the Aston Villa boss impressed with centre back’s response in training after being replaced as captain by John McGinn
- Steven Gerrard praised Tyrone Mings for his performance in training this week
- The centre-back was dropped by Gerrard in Aston Villa’s first game of the season
- The Villa boss favoured defenders Ezri Konsa and Diego Carlos instead of Mings
- Gerrard said: ‘He is available for selection and has trained well the last few days’
Steven Gerrard has praised Tyrone Mings for his performance in training a week after leaving him out of Aston Villa’s opening day defeat at Bournemouth.
Mings was demoted as captain in favour of John McGinn 10 days before the start of the campaign, and then found himself on the bench against his former club.
Gerrard said: ‘When Tyrone is back at his best and looks me in the eye and shows that he’s ready to play, he’ll get opportunities.’
Steven Gerrard has praised Tyrone Mings for his performances in training since dropping him
The Aston Villa manager opted for centre-back pair Ezri Konsa and Diego Carlos last weekend
The England defender had a scan on a thigh problem this week but was deemed fit enough to resume training and is expected to be in the squad for the clash with Everton at Villa Park on Saturday.
‘Tyrone has trained really well in the last few days,’ said Gerrard.
‘I’ve had three or four different conversations with him in the early early part of this week, checking on his health and making sure we got the scan done and (found out) the outcome of the scan.
Gerrard revealed: ‘[Mings] is available for selection and he has trained well the last few days’
The Villains began the new campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Mings’ former club Bournemouth
‘But I’m delighted that he has trained in the last few days and made himself available for the game.
‘We won’t give anything away in terms of of our team selection but he is available for selection and he has trained well the last few days, that’s all I can say on it.’
Gerrard chose Ezri Konsa alongside summer signing Diego Carlos at Bournemouth and also left forward Ollie Watkins and playmaker Emiliano Buendia out of the starting XI.
Both are pushing to be recalled, as is midfielder Douglas Luiz.