Aston Villa are set to be ready to offer Micah Richards a contract extension at Villa Park, despite the defender going over 500 days without a match, according to The Daily Mail.

Richards hasn’t featured since the 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 2016, and hasn’t played a full 90 minutes since losing 3-1 away at Kenilworth Road to Luton Town in the League Cup in August of that campaign.

He was believed to have had a problem with his right knee and was out injured for some time but he has reportedly been fit for the majority of the 73 games in which he hasn’t featured, and he is desperate to put the claret and blue shirt back on.

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He joined Aston Villa at the start of the 2015/16 season, and played regularly as Villa finished bottom and were relegated and were to play in the second tier for the second time since 1974/75.

He is currently on a £35,000 per week contract at Aston Villa which runs out at the end of 2018/19 season, but Steve Bruce is reportedly read to offer him a new and extended one.

So he could be at Villa Park for a while longer and Steve Bruce may see him have a part to play, especially with his experience of Premier League football if the Villans were to get promoted.