Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists Jordan Bowery is still part of his future plans.
The striker is on-loan at Doncaster Rovers.
Lambert told the Birmingham Mail: ﾡﾰIt will do him the world of good. I think by everybodyﾡﾯs own admission the way Benteke hit the ground running last year, youﾡﾯd be off your rocker to leave him out really.
ﾡﾰItﾡﾯs hard for anybody to get into that No.9 shirt the way Christian has played.
ﾡﾰThatﾡﾯs the idea when you let people go out on loan to give them that game time and to get them used to playing. Thatﾡﾯs the objective of it.
ﾡﾰI think Jordan done pretty well since heﾡﾯs been out so youﾡﾯre hoping when he comes back he comes back sharp.ﾡﾱ