Steven Gerrard gave an update on Kortney Hause ahead of Aston Villa’s Premier League clash with Everton, revealing the 27-year-old has started training on grass again after his knee injury, so it’s likely to be a month or two before he’s in a position to work on his match fitness.

Hause would need to be eased back slowly as he’s been sidelined for five months and won’t want to risk injury by forcing the recovery. The 27-year-old should see how his knee feels on grass before playing for the U23s, then Gerrard will have a decision to make on his short-term future.

The former England youth international has little chance of getting first-team football at Villa with Diego Carlos, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Calum Chambers for competition, so a loan move away in January would suit all parties. It’s hard to see him being sold in January without a single minute of competition football since March.

Hause had interest from Bournemouth and Watford that didn’t go anywhere this summer due to his current situation, but Villa should have better luck finding a suitor if he’s fit before the turn of the year. A short-term stint elsewhere allows him to get competition football after his rehabilitation which is much better than sitting on the bench or being out of the squad entirely.

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