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Ayew's return a rare boost for poor Remi.


JORDAN Ayew is likely to make an immediate return to the starting XI for Villa's clash with Everton.

The striker completed the final game of a three-match ban for his red card at West Ham when Villa lost to Stoke City on Saturday.

He will compete with Gabby Agbonlahor and Rudy Gestede, who came through the weekend game unscathed, for a place up front and boss Remi Garde admits he's got some making up to do.

"Jordan can be important now," he said. "In a period when the team wasn't performing, Jordan was playing well.

"He made a big mistake for the team (by inexcusably elbowing Aaron Cresswell in the Upton Park defeat) and I'm sure he will have to prove to his team-mates and everybody else in the club that he regrets his mistakes and do his maximum."

Meanwhile, Villa are hoping to have Jack Grealish back in action before the end of the month.

The 20-year-old has been out with an ankle injury for the past two weeks but could be back for the Swansea encounter on March 19.

Grealish's latest setback is likely to see him miss the games against Everton tonight, Manchester City and Tottenham and Garde admits it's a blow.

"He's twisted his ankle twice in the last fortnight so for the moment he cannot play,'' said the Frenchman.

"He will play again this season but I don't know exactly when.

"If I'm listening to the medical reports it's not very good but as we're in a situation where I need as many players as I can have, maybe I will push a little bit more."

Grealish is thought to have set himself a target of returning in the next two to three weeks providing there are no further setbacks.

The attacker desperately wants to aid Villa's relegation fight having not featured in the Premier League since the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland on January 2. Garde dropped the academy graduate in November and has only used him in the FA Cup since the loss at the Stadium of Light.

The manager said: "This season is quite difficult for Jack.

"But he is a talented player and if I have a full season with him, a full pre-season too, things could be different hopefully."

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Date:Mar 1, 2016
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