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Villa outcasts get reprieve

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is set to hand Darren Bent, Alan Hutton and Charles N'Zogbia another chance at the club.

It seemed as though the trio had made their last appearances for the club after being cast aside by Lambert as The Villans struggled last season.

Bent was allowed to join Fulham on-loan, where he struggled to hold down a first-team spot, Hutton spent the end of the campaign at Championship side Bolton, while N'Zogbia has been training with the youth team since returning from injury.

However, all three could feature in Lambert's plans for next season, with the former Norwich manager seemingly keen to give his whole squad a chance.

"Everyone is even now, everyone is level," Lambert told the Daily Mirror.

"It is publicly known what is happening. Everyone is on a level playing field."