Albrighton making sacrifices to prove worth to Aston Villa

The 23-year-old featured just nine times last season after twice breaking his foot, but aims to work hard over the summer and make a return to the first-team fold
Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton has insisted he is prepared to give up his holidays in order to force his way back into Paul Lambert's first-team plans next season.

The 23-year-old made just nine appearances last term after breaking his left foot in the second day of pre-season, before suffering the same injury again in January.

The winger has just one year left on his current contract and, with Bulgarian Alexander Tonev already arriving to provide competition in his position, the Englishman is using his free time to get to the best shape possible ahead of the new term.

"I just want to get fit and over the summer work hard," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"I've got to sort of forfeit my holidays to some extent, but that's the sacrifices you've got to make if you want to make it to the top.

"I'm willing to do that just to get back to what I love doing next season."

The midfielder admitted watching from the sidelines last year as his team-mates battled against relegation was tough, but praised the squad steering themselves clear of danger come the season finale.

"It's very hard to be going and taking my seat every Saturday afternoon or whatever it is, instead of putting my kit on and getting dressed for a game," he added.

"It's so difficult, but the lads have done really well and it's been enjoyable to watch. The football that we've played just lately has been fantastic. Hopefully we can continue that.

"It's fantastic to come into the training ground after wins, you can feel the buzz around the place and it's just so different."