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Aston Villa boss Remi Garde gives Libor Kozak no guarantees despite midweek run

Published 15/01/2016

Aston Villa's Libor Kozak made his first start for over two years in Tuesday's win over Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa's Libor Kozak made his first start for over two years in Tuesday's win over Crystal Palace.

Boss Remi Garde refused to rule out letting Libor Kozak leave Aston Villa - despite the forgotten striker's return.

Forward Kozak made his first Barclays Premier League start for more than two years when he featured in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

He is again on stand-by to start in Saturday's visit of Leicester as bottom club Villa try to close the eight-point gap to safety.

Birmingham tried to take Kozak, who suffered a broken leg in January 2014, on loan earlier in the season while Garde has previously said he can leave this month and has offered no guarantees he will stay.

He said: "He is still an Aston Villa player, we'll wait and see. I have no offers on the table at the moment.

"I was pleased with the way he played - I would have liked one or two goals and probably he has the same feeling - but he gave me an answer in the first month we had together.

"He worked very hard with a very good attitude in the training sessions, it's why I thought I could give him an opportunity to play.

"I watched the game again and for the first game it was very interesting."

Garde is keen on adding to his struggling squad and wants Chelsea's Loic Remy and Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy, while he also is interested in Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane. However, he kept quiet on any potential deals.

He said: "I don't want to be too accurate. It won't help me to sign them. I know it's important for you. Sometimes what I read in the media is right and sometimes it's wrong.

"I don't know exactly what close means. Until the signature has been put on the paper, you can be close and miss it."

Skipper Micah Richards is fit to face Leicester after an ankle problem while Jack Grealish (tonsilitis), Gabriel Agbonlahor (back) and Carlos Sanchez (hamstring) have returned to training.

Garde added: "It could be the same team but we still have two training sessions, we will assess the situation of a few players.

"Micah is fully fit, if really needed he could have played on Tuesday but sometimes when we have two or three games in a row it could be not the best to play him."

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