Report: Lichaj to Leeds unlikely

Report: Lichaj to Leeds unlikely

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Report: Lichaj to Leeds unlikely

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It was widely thought that after regaining his fitness following hip surgery American and Aston Villa fullback Eric Lichaj would head on loan to Leeds United, where he enjoyed overall success in his first stretch with consistent first-team minutes while on loan there last year.

Not so fast. 

According to a report out of England, Aston Villa is not likely to part ways with Lichaj on loan as had been speculated. The report states that Villa manager Alex McLeish is having second thoughts about sending Lichaj elsewhere and is instead more interested in having him fight for minutes behind current starting right back Alan Hutton.

Lichaj is in the midst of his return from his hip injury, one that coincided with the end of the summer transfer window when a proposed loan to Leeds fell through as a result. He has returned to training in recent weeks and made his return to the playing field on Tuesday, playing the first half of Aston Villa's reserve match at right back against Wolverhampton.

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