Paul Lambert has admitted that he will be willing to loan out Marc Albrighton as he doesn't feature in his first team plans, according to Birmingham Mail.
Albrighton was tipped for big things after making his debut four years ago under Martin O'Neil's management.
The winger went on to become a regular during the 2010-11 campaign where he made 29 league appearances and broke into the England under-21's.
Albrighton is known for his crossing ability and similar playing-style to David Beckham.
However, injuries and a loss of form have restricted the 23-year-olds progress and he has featured just nine times under Lambert.
Championship side Derby County have shown interest in the right-footer.
And Lambert admitted that a temporary fix could revive the career of Albrighton: “He’s been unfortunate, Marc,” said Lambert.
“He missed nearly a whole season, he’s still really short (of match fitness).
“If something comes up and I think it’s right I’ll look at it. If I don’t he’ll stay here.
“He possibly needs a good run, he needs to stay injury free. He missed most of last year and even in pre-season he missed games.
“He needs that run where he does not break down.
“It’s a big year but he will help himself. It’s unfair as he has missed a lot of game time.”
It had also been suggested that fellow youngsters Jordan Bowery and Gary Gardener could also leave Villa Park in temporary deals but the Scottish manager has dismissed those chances.
“Jordan can play wide as well, it’s the same, I need every one of the 25 to play well.
“He’s not going out on loan at this minute, no." the 44-year-old continued.
“I’ve not really thought about Gary Gardner going out on loan, no, not at this minute.”
Aston Villa are hoping to avoid another season of relegation in the Premier League, however since their opening day win at Arsenal, results have not gone their way and after four games they are just one place above the relegation zone.
They travel to Norwich City this weekend.
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