Matt Lowton to stay and fight for Aston Villa career

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Matt Lowton was today ready to fight for his Villa career after talks with boss Paul Lambert.

The right-back had been axed from the last three squads after being disciplined in January for being late to training. Villa have received enquiries from Championship clubs but Lowton will stay and battle to regain his place.

Lambert had previously denied claims he had fallen out with the 24-year-old but they have now cleared the air. He said last month after the 0-0 draw at Cardiff: "I just left him (Lowton) out. I had to pick a team that I thought was right.

"He's been fine. I don't want people writing I've fallen out with him, because that's nonsense."

Lowton was dropped from the squad and fined before the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in January after he reported in late when he got stuck in traffic. Since then he has made just two appearances, against Albion and West Ham, and was substituted in both.

Lowton was almost an ever-present last season after a summer move from Sheffield United, starting all but one game, but has struggled for consistency this term.

He was replaced by Leandro Bacuna in September and admitted he deserved to be dropped. Bacuna scored in Sunday's 4-1 win over Norwich and looks to be Lambert's first choice.

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