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Aston Villa boss praises Richards for standing up to fans

Micah Richards has been branded "brave" to stand up to a confrontation with frustrated Aston Villa supporters after the 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe.

Richards spoke to fans before leaving the pitch. Credit: Reuters

Richards battled to allay the protests of fans who criticised the Villa captain behind the dugout at Adams Park as Remi Garde's side slipped to a draw with their League Two opponents.

The Premier League's basement side took the lead through Richards' early goal, only for Joe Jacobson to level from the penalty spot.

Villa boss Garde believes Richards was right to take the time to address the fans' pitchside frustrations in person.

Garde said:

"It was brave of him to do that. As professionals we have to face our responsibilities - not only Micah, me and all the players.

To be fair I didn't see the incident, but I've been told about it. I understand that the fans could be angry. We have to accept that, as a player, a manager, everybody at the club has to accept that criticism, because we are not winning - that's football.

The situation with Aston Villa is very difficult and makes some silly things happen sometimes. Everybody has to keep calm, face their responsibilities, look in the mirror and ask themselves what they can do to get out of this difficult situation.

– Aston Villa manager Remi Garde

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Aston Villa's Adama Traore out for up to 10 weeks

Traore is said to be out for up to 10 weeks Credit: PA

Aston Villa have suffered another set back after it was revealed Adama Traore has been ruled out of action after breaking a bone in his right foot.

The winger is said to be out for up to 10 weeks after coming off in last weekend's 3-1 defeat away to Sunderland, after providing the assist for Carles Gil's goal.

The 19-year-old Spaniard joined Villa from Barcelona for £7m in the summer and has made 10 appearances, scoring just once goal.

Villa are currently bottom of the Premier League table, 11 points from safety, having won just one of their 20 Premier League games.

Remi Garde's men travel to Wycombe on Saturday for their FA Cup third round tie.

Villa's Joe Cole set to join Coventry on a permanent basis

Joe Cole during the Capital One Cup Second Round match at Villa Park against Leyton Orient Credit: Nick Potts / PA Archive/PA Images

Aston Villa's Joe Cole is expected to re-join the Coventry on a permanent deal after his short-term loan spell came to an end last weekend.

The 33-year-old midfielder has been limited to appearances during his three-month loan spell due to injuries.

The former England star has returned to parent club Aston Villa but has been deemed surplus to requirements.

It's understood that the Sky Blues are close to signing Cole on a permanent deal until the end of the current campaign.

A substantial pay cut would be taken by Cole, but has previously stated that he's only interested in playing regular football as he heads into the latter stages of his career.

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray will hope to get a deal done so that Cole can be available for next Tuesday’s home clash against Walsall.

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