Aston Villa are ready to let forgotten man Marc Albrighton go out on loan - with Nigel Clough's Derby poised to pounce.

Albrighton is out of Paul Lambert's immediate plans and the Scot is happy to see the winger head out to the Championship to pick up some match practice.

Clough has asked about former youth star Albrighton 23 and is waiting on word about a possible capture as his side has been hit by injuries.

The Rams have lost Jeff Hendrick while Will Hughes may join him on the casualty list for a few weeks.

Albrighton broke into the Villa first team in 2009 under Martin O'Neill and established himself as a fans' favourite.

In 2010-11 he bagged six goals in 33 games with Gerard Houllier in charge for most of that campaign and was also a regular the following season under Alex McLeish.

However he has struggled to command a place under Lambert.

Villa are 17th in the Premier League with three points after four matches.