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Premier League: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert explains Alan Hutton absence

Alan Hutton: Scotland international has not played for Aston Villa since May 2012

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted that defender Alan Hutton has been frozen out of the first-team squad due to financial constraints at the Premier League club.

The 29-year-old Scotland international, who joined Villa from Tottenham in August 2011, has not featured for the club since May 2012 and is currently training with their development squad.

He has spent two spells out on loan during his time at Villa - with Nottingham Forest and then Mallorca in the 2012/13 season.

And Lambert has now revealed that Hutton's Villa career is essentially over, because the club needs to offload his reported £40,000 weekly salary.

Asked if Hutton has a chance of ever playing for Villa again, Lambert said: "I've had good conversations with Alan and in the games I've seen him play for Scotland, he's done well.

"It would be unlikely that he would play. He knows that anyway. We haven't fallen out.

"We need to get the (wage) structure down to a level. There's never been any fall-out, I've actually tried to help him get a loan move.

"I've been to a couple of Scotland games and seen him do well. You'd think somebody would come in for him. The lad has to play."

Lambert admitted the situation needs to be resolved, with Hutton still having another year to run on his deal after this season.

"I wouldn't have thought it could carry on for another 12 months, into next season," the manager added.

"I wouldn't want that for him. We need someone to come in for him."