Paul Lambert reckons Brett Holman is determined to win his starting place back after giving the Aussie ace reassurances over his lack of opportunities.
Having made an impressive start to the campaign, Holman has found chances limited since the turn of the year because of the form of fellow attackers Gabby Agbonlahor, Charles N'Zogbia and Andreas Weimann.
The former AZ Alkmaar player also missed out on the defeat to Liverpool 10 days ago because of a hamstring injury.
But Lambert has reassured the 28-year-old that his lack of first team action is due to the form of his team-mates rather than anything he has done wrong.
Holman has appeared 26 this term, scoring superb long-range stunners against Queens Park Rangers in the league and Norwich in the Capital One Cup.
"I've spoken to him and I had a good chat with him," said the Villa boss.
"He is an experienced player and has done really fine since he's been here.
"You don't want people to sit and be happy when they are not in the side. You want them to be unhappy.
"He couldn't get in because Charles was playing extremely well.
"He wasn't fit for last week. He is fit now. He has trained this week so he is back in the fray."
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