Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton made his comeback to competitive action last Saturday during his side’s 2-1 victory against Bristol City.
The Scottish full-back suffered a nasty injury while playing against Stoke City in February and has even admitted that he thought that his season may have been over.
“For me, personally, it couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Hutton told the Aston Villa’s official website.
“I’d played all season and then to pick up a knee injury like I did was very, very disappointing.
“When it happened out there on the pitch, I did hear something pop in my knee so I knew it was bad.
“But thankfully when the news came through, it wasn’t as bad as first feared.”
Hutton has been a reliable figure whenever called upon by Villaand has so far made 32 appearances this season in the Championship, scoring two goals and recording one assist.
He is also a long-serving player of the Midlands club, having joined back in 2011 from Tottenham. He has since gone on to make 173 league appearances for the club and is a valuable source of leadership for Dean Smith’s Villa side.
Villa are currently in superb form having won their past eight Championship games and could be set to possibly win promotion to the Premier League next season via the promotion playoffs. They are currently in fifth position on the standings with 69 points after 42 games.
Hutton’s return to action will be a huge boost for Villa as they look to secure top-flight football for next term.
The veteran’s current contract at Villa Park is also due to expire at the end of this season.
Hutton may be 34-years-old and nearing the end of his career but Villa must ideally offer him at one-year contract extension.
He is still good enough to compete at the highest level and will add experience to the side. This must be done whether or not the club secure promotion to the top-flight.