Wonderful Nakamba comments on ‘frustrating’ Aston Villa setback after Steven Gerrard praise

Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba returned to action yesterday after being sidelined for four months with a knee injury.

Nakamba, 28, had quickly become a favorite of Steven Gerrard on his arrival as the club’s head coach and started the new boss’ first five games, having taken over from Dean Smith in November. He acted as an anchor in front of the back four and in doing so helped Villa to impressive wins over Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

The Zimbabwe international then suffered a serious knee injury in the game against Liverpool on December 11, which later required surgery to fix the problem. The midfielder was out for a total of 17 weeks before making his return to the matchday squad against Tottenham Hotspur, and has since returned to action as a late substitute against Leicester City yesterday.

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Speaking to Villa TV, Nakamba commented on his return from injury where he released the following statement: “It was good to be back with the boys, and I was happy to be back on the pitch. I’m very positive about it.

“We scored a point with a clean sheet away, and I think we will now look to the next game [Norwich City]. We’ve done well collectively as a group, and we just need to push ourselves and keep believing like the gaffer [Gerrard] everyone says. He pushes everyone together as a team.

“First of all it was frustrating to be injured and to watch, but I was supporting the boys, I was there to support them in home games and a few away games, and I was also involved with everyone in the dressing room. I felt the support of the last four months, while I was injured, everyone inside the club, the players, the technical staff, everyone inside .

“We just have to push ourselves to keep believing and also to focus game by game. It’s Norwich’s next game at home with the fans behind us, we just need to stick together as a group and also with the fans who believe in the players and support the players. We just have to keep pushing ourselves.

“I was very happy to be back and to see the fans supporting us from start to finish. It’s good, and I think they always push every player like every time, whether we play at home or Outside, the Villans are still strong.”

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