Striker Agbonlahor suspended by Villa

Agbonlahor has played three times for England

Agbonlahor has played three times for England

Gabriel Agbonlahor will not play for Aston Villa while the Premier League club carries out an internal investigation into his conduct.

The forward was pictured appearing to hold a shisha pipe while on holiday in Dubai during the international break.

Agbonlahor, 29, will miss Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Villa Park.

Villa are bottom of the table and without a manager after Remi Garde left the club by mutual consent on Tuesday after 147 days in charge.

First-team coach Eric Black has taken over as acting manager until the club find a full-time replacement.

Villa are 12 points adrift of safety with seven games remaining.

Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes are among the names being tipped to replace Frenchman Garde, who won just two league games while in charge.


BBC Radio 5 live football reporter Pat Murphy:

The disconnect between Villa fans and players is now tangible, with the supporters ranging from resigned to angry.

This is designed to reduce the hostility towards the players that may surface at some stage in Saturday’s home game against Chelsea.

Although Agbonlahor did nothing illegal in Dubai, many Villa fans are angry at his decision to relax in such a way, with the season so close to an end.

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