Andre Green should secure a starting position for Preston North End by proving himself in training.
Green teamed with Preston in early August to get in touch with first-team football on a regular basis.
Aston Villa, however, is worried that after only six appearances by the bank, he has not yet had a single start for the championship team.
Squad competition means that Green – currently facing a toe problem – is finding it difficult to find his way into Alex Neil's pecking order and plans.
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Preston's brilliant start to the season – after 16 games behind West Brom in second place – adds another dimension to the challenge.
"If you are not in the team, your training is even more important this week," said Neil, Manager of the Lancashire Evening Post.
"This is your opportunity to impress me and show everyone else why you should play.
"The difficulty they have right now is how well the team has played and what they have done, and for some of the guys it was really difficult to get in.
"We could keep up with that, but things are changing."
He added, "Andre is in a position where many of the other guys who do not really perform are represented. Who are you taking out of the team to use it?
"Right now, Andre has a problem with his big toe, he has arthritis, which means he got a few injections, so right now he's not fit, but that's been in the last few weeks."
Green appeared 22 times for Villa last season, but after the permanent contracts for Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi and Jota in the summer, Dean Smith provided him for loan.