Paul Lambert unsure over Charles N'Zogbia future

Charles N'Zogbia of Aston Villa is challenged by Giorgos Karagounis and Eyong Enoh of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Villa Park on April 13, 2013
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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert reveals that he will wait on Charles N'Zogbia returning to full fitness before he makes a decision on the winger's future.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed that he will wait for Charles N'Zogbia's return to fitness before he decides on the winger's future.

The 27-year-old is yet to feature competitively for Villa this season after suffering an Achilles injury in the summer.

Despite doubts over whether N'Zogbia is part of Lambert's plans, the Scot is willing to bide his time before making a decision regarding the Frenchman.

"I always have an open mind. We'll see what happens in January but we need to get his injury cleared up first," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"I think an Achilles heel is a bad injury. When you get that, sometimes you're better off just breaking your leg because you can come back quicker than an Achilles heel. It's just a horrible injury to get, so we just have to see.

"He's still a way off. It's still a bit of a long-term one. I wouldn't have thought the whole season, but it will still be long term."

N'Zogbia joined the Villans for £9.5m from Wigan Athletic two years ago.

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