Vassell lift for Villa
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Darius Vassell made a successful return to action for Aston Villa's reserves.Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell made a successful return to action for the club's reserves.
The England international played the final half hour of Villa's 4-4 draw with their Manchester United counterparts and scored in the game at Walsall's Bescot Stadium.
It was Vassell's first action since he broke his ankle against Fulham in October.
Vassell was joined on the comeback trail by German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Hitzlsperger successfully came through an hour of the game in his first run-out since picking up a thigh injury in November.
The German also scored in the game with a trademark long-range shot before he was replaced by Vassell.
The news will be a massive boost for Villa boss David O'Leary, who has seen his side decimated by injuries in recent weeks.