Garde ponders new Richards role
In his 16 appearances in claret and blues thus far, the Villa captain has played in the heart of defence.
He made his name occupying the right-back berth in Man City's Barclays Premier League title-winning campaign in 2012.
With Alan Hutton sidelined after limping off in the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland and his length of absence not yet known, Richards' ability on the ball, strength to charge forward to support the attack and tremendous pace makes him an obvious candidate to fill the void.
The return to fitness of centre halves Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark has left Garde mulling over a reshuffle in his defensive ranks.
He said: "This is an idea I've had for a few weeks but I haven't used it yet.
"Leo Bacuna can play at right-back as well but he gave me some good answers in midfield in the last game.
"Micah Richards at right-back is an option which is still in my head but I will see.
"I haven't spoken to him about it yet.
"I don't know yet how long Alan Hutton will be out for.
"I can't say exactly when he will be back."
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