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Pre-season 2021/22
« on: June 18, 2021, 04:11:38 PM »
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Aston Villa have booked a pre-season friendly against National League North side Leamington next month.

The Brakes have confirmed that Villa will be sending their under-23 squad for the fixture which will take place on Wednesday, July 21 with kick-off at 7.30pm.

The match will take place at the Your Co-op Community Stadium - 45 minutes south of Villa Park - with Leamington hopeful of welcoming supporters for the game.

Leamington's home ground has a capacity of 2,300, and a club spokesman said via its website: "We hope to be able to welcome supporters for the game but this will depend on loosening of restrictions. We will update here and on social media in due course."

A statement added: "Having faced a young Villa side behind closed doors in pre season last year Paul Holleran and his team will be well aware of the quality the Premier League club's youngsters, who will provide another much needed workout as we gear up for the new season."

Mark Delaney's and George Boateng's under-23s will return to pre-season training alongside the first team at Bodymoor Heath on Monday, July 5. Villa's side against Leamington will feature the majority of the FA Youth Cup-winning side with Brad Young, Aaron Ramsey, Louie Barry, Arjan Raikhy and Kaine Kesler all set to feature.

As for Villa's first team, the club is yet to confirm its plans for this summer with Villa still awaiting the next government update in terms of travelling abroad.

BirminghamLive has been informed that the bulk of Villa's training camp will be conducted in the UK with the hope of a few days in Europe at some stage for more intense training and some friendlies.

Head coach Dean Smith told us: "Weve planned around when we start back. Pre-season is already planned. The players will return on July 5.

"Weve got games sorted already. Weve got a really good academy at the moment at the club and have just won the FA Youth Cup so that will help make a few additions to the training group as we start our pre-season. We can have a good look at them and they can see how we work at first-team level.

"We're also looking at the possibility (of going abroad). We have a Plan A where we go abroad and a Plan B where we dont. We are hopeful we can but it will be government-binding, whether its a green-listed country or not.

"But we've also touched base with Lovre Kalinic, Freddy Guilbert and Conor Hourihane and theyll all be reporting back for training. Conor will be on July 11 because hes got international games. Kalinic may get called up for the Euros so that will be progression-dependent. Fred Guilbert will start back on July 5."

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-friendly-pre-season-20812157

 


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