After eight long months, James Chester continues his long journey back to the first team of Aston Villa.

The Villa Club captain missed the last part of last season when Dean Smith's men finished the championship standings.

Chester was on the lawn of the sacred Wembley field when Villa toasted the return to the Premier League, but only when the champagne corks were cleared, he revealed his sacrifice to the burgundy and blue thing.



Speaking after the victory, he found that he had suffered a knee injury to compensate for a lack of depth in the middle of the back: "I have injured my body indefinitely. I have to do that for the rest of my career.

"I hope I can take care of it and play as long as possible. It's what it is, I'm a professional.

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<p>"I have been training for the past six weeks. It's about managing what I do. I'm getting better and better with the weeks.</p>
<p>"The summer break will hopefully do me good and I can come back and try it next season."</p>
<p>And after another injury in the preseason, the Wales international is now back in training and wants to be part of Smith's squad again.</p>
<p>Jack Grealish, who took the Chester armband last year, went into social media with a simple three-word message.</p>
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"What a human."

It is a mood shared by many followers who respect the very thing the 30-year-old has done to see Villa back in the top league.

Smith has confirmed that it's still a long way to go back to full fitness, but all the followers of the villa, including Grealish, are pleased to see him back on the grass of the Bodymoor Heath.

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