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Okore keeping options open

Jores Okore has refused to give up on his Aston Villa career - but has not ruled out a January move.

The defender is yet to play under Paul Lambert this term after returning from a serious knee injury.

Okore suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in just his fourth game for the club in September 2013, ruling him out for the season, following a £4million move from FC Nordsjaelland.

He is currently with the Denmark Under-21 squad, captaining them to a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday, and has left his future open.

"I came to Villa to play and I am going to fight to make that happen," he told Danish station TV2. " At the same time I need to play, so I don't want to exclude anything when it comes to the coming transfer window."

The club wanted to keep the 22-year-old in their squad rather than sending him on loan but he is behind Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos, Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark in the pecking order.

But Vlaar and Senderos have returned to Villa after suffering calf injuries while on duty with the Netherlands and Switzerland respectively.

Baker is also struggling with a knee injury he suffered in the 0-0 draw at West Ham earlier this month.

It means Okore could make his first appearance of the season when Villa host Southampton in the Barclays Premier League next Monday.

His only senior appearance this term came in Denmark's 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Armenia in September.

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