Given the latest senior player excluded at Aston Villa

Shay Given is the latest senior player told to train away from the first team by Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, joining Darren Bent on the sidelines, the Daily Mail has reported.

Given is in pre-season training with Villa but has been told he has no future at the club by Lambert, joining Bent and Stephen Ireland in the category as Lambert continues to lower the club’s wage bill and average age. Given was not included in the party travelling to Germany for Villa’s pre-season tour.

Last season Given’s place in the Villa first team was usurped by Brad Guzan, consigning the experienced former Blackburn, Newcastle and Manchester City custodian to the bench, and this summer Lambert has drafted in Jed Steer from his former club Norwich City to act as back-up to first choice Guzan.

Given has three years remaining on his Villa contract, a deal that sees him paid £3m-per-season, signed when he left City for Villa in the summer of 2011. Given, 37, has played almost 600 games in his club career – as well as winning 125 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

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