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Gary Gardner returns to Nottingham Forest on loan

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Gary Gardner is heading back to Nottingham Forest for his second loan spell at with the Reds and he seems pretty delighted about the news.

The 23 year-old central midfielder hasn't got onto the pitch for Aston Villa so far this season despite the team's poor form, although he has struggled with injury. He signed a new three year contract in the summer.

This will be Gardner's second loan spell with Forest after making 18 appearances and scoring 4 goals for the Championship side in the second-half of last season. He'll be hoping to help the club push on from their current position of 14th, the same position where they ended the 2014/15 season.

Analysis - Gardner's loan will help Villa prepare for the Championship

Villans may be sad to see Gardner not given a chance to feature in a second-half of the season that can only really be treated as preparation for the Championship but this loan will probably be better for both player and club than trying to force Gardner into the side now.

The side has already been chopped and changed too many times and trying to integrate a player coming off a long-term absence into a league where he has very little experience would make little sense. Gardner clearly feels happy at Forest and will get first-team experience there which could be of great use to Villa next year when they will probably need players with experience of the Championship.

Let us know what you think below. Is this a good move for Gardner and Villa?