Gary Gardner - The future of Aston Villa's midfield. in Player Talent Scout Posted June 21, 2013 · Report reply Re: Gary Gardner - The future of Aston Villa's midfield. Any updates on this lad? He didn't play much this season even though Lambert seems to be focusing on youth. He had a cruciate ligament injury last season so didn't feature much. He did the same thing on his other leg when he was in the youth team too. He should be fit for next season. Hopefully these aren't going to be injuries that keep cropping up throughout his career. Definitely worth holding on to him for the time being to see how he progresses. He should do very well if fit, especially with the current Villa stance of giving youth a chance.