Aston Villa coach Dean Smith has confirmed that Zimbabwe international midfielder Marvellous Nakamba is close to making his Premier League debut.

The 25-year-old former Club Brugge man has not appeared for Villa in the Premier League since making his move from the Belgian side, though he did play in the Carabao Cup against Crewe Alexander.

Ahead of Villa’s game against West Ham on Monday, ┬áSmith confirmed the Warriors midfielder is close to being available for selection.

“He is close to being ready,” Smith told the club’s website.

“Everyone saw him play against Crewe, where he was finding his fitness in that game.

“He got better as that game went on and hasn’t missed a training session since,” he added

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