By Dr Rajpal Brar

9th Aug, 2023 | 4:10pm

Sale of Leander Dendoncker sensible for Aston Villa - Injury Expert

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Aston Villa could consider selling Leander Dendoncker if it solely comes down to his injury history and availability, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert has gauged his fitness record since he moved to Villa Park for a £13million fee on transfer deadline day last summer.

The 28-year-old Belgium international has just made seven league starts for the Villans and most of his appearances (13) have come off the bench.

Speaking about his fitness record, Dr Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, told Villa News: “It certainly would be a consideration and make sense to let him go, depending on the offers they might get.

“His fitness record is also not the best as he’s missed a number of games through injury and has not been the first choice even when fit.

“However, he might also be a part of the leadership team within the team so there are other factors to consider outside of just fitness and availability.

Among his multiple absences last season, the biggest one was when Dendoncker picked up an injury in February and did not return to action until April with his match fitness continuing to be an issue.

With Boubacar Kamara also missing a significant chunk of the 2022/23 campaign, the Belgian was not there for Unai Emery to fill in for the Frenchman.

At the start of July, Fabrizio Romano claimed that Villa are open to offers for Dendoncker this summer and will consider selling him at the right price.

Clubs in France, Italy, as well as the Premier League have already made enquiries to sign the 28-year-old who’s understood to be open to leaving.

In other Aston Villa news, a first-team ace has emerged as the “Master of the Dark Arts” for Unai Emery and has become the club’s most underrated player.