Steven Gerrard orders Aston Villa duo back amid impressive loan spells


Keinan Davis impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest, where he excelled at playing regular football until injury struck this month, while Cameron Archer thrived at Preston North End

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Keinan Davis has been sent back to Aston Villa to prepare for the season, but could still return to Nottingham Forest if they reach the play-off final.

Loanee striker Davis will miss the rest of the regular season for Nottingham Forest with a hamstring injury. The striker is a big hit on loan with promotion-chasing Forest of Premier League Aston Villa. He has scored five goals and provided two assists in 19 appearances for Steve Cooper’s side, which is fifth and has also reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

But Davis, 24, injured his hamstring in their defeat to Luton on Good Friday and has since been ruled out of Forest’s five remaining games. The April 15 striker’s injury has been assessed and will be given a recovery period of four to five weeks.

It means the striker, who is in his rehab at Forest, could return if they finish in the playoffs with the championship playoff final scheduled for May 29, keeping alive the prospect that Davis will still be a role in the promotion of Forest. †

Forest is interested in signing the mighty frontman permanently if they are promoted to the Premier League. But Villa boss Steven Gerrard, appointed in November, has told Davis to return in pre-season to assess whether he fits into the club’s plans.

Gerrard also plans to do the same with 20-year-old Cameron Archer, which will affect Preston North End’s hopes of staying on top for the foreseeable future. The fellow forward is on loan at Deepdale and has scored seven goals in 17 appearances for the Lilywhites. North End boss Ryan Lowe has already been in touch with Gerrard to discuss the prospect of the attacker returning to Lancashire next term.

Keinan Davis started running for Nottingham Forest before sustaining an injury this month

But Villa is keen to scrutinize their pre-season prospects and has no plans at this point to loan Archer again in 2022/23. Gerrard believes Archer’s price tag is already high and wants more forward competition at Villa next year. “Ryan (Lowe) called me and asked him back next season,” Gerrard said.

“I told him to tell Peter Ridsdale to get his money out if he wanted him full time! I also said he won’t be available for a loan because the idea of ​​the loan is to give him some experience to get him back in the group and have a positive preseason.

“I want more attackers in the number 9 position, if you will, so we’ll analyze Cam in the pre-season and make the decision from there. He’s a big, bright prospect here. Ryan did a good job Preston got him a ​given a very good chance, but everyone wants Cam Archer and everyone wants Keinan Davis. Good players cost a lot of money.”

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