Premier League - Clark glad to have Herd back

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark believes the return of Chris Herd brings welcome competition to the team.

Herd made his comeback in last weekend's defeat at Fulham after 11 months out with various injuries.

"He did very well on Sunday and no-one could have asked any more of him," Clark told the club's official website.

"We've got a big enough and a good enough squad where if there are injuries people can come in and fill in and do a good job.

"There's competition all over the squad but with the training everyone is looking to make a mark and get themselves on the teamsheet.

"It's a competitive edge we have in the week so when it comes to the games we're very much together and want each other to do well. It's very positive to us."