Aston Villa defender Zat Knight has pledged to stand by his younger brother Carlos following the jailing of the 26-year-old for six years earlier this week for drug offences at a Birmingham court.

And the Villa centre-half insisted he would be waiting once his brother's sentence was up to help him back on the straight and narrow.

The 27-year-old defender said: "What has been done has been done now and we can't turn back the hands of time.

"Carlos and I are very close and there is only a year between us but obviously we just have to wait now until he comes out and then we will be there for him to help him get back on the straight and narrow.

"Both of us were brought up in the same household. It is not like there are two ends of the scale and maybe I am ten years old than him. That is not the case.

"We both grew up the same and life was exactly the same for both of us. We are just different personalities.

"But I will be there for my brother — definitely. Every individual does their own thing and that is life. It doesn't matter what type of upbringing you have, people who do go off the rails."

Carlos Knight was jailed in midweek at Birmingham Crown Court after being found guilty on four charges of supplying heroin, one of supplying cocaine, and one of possessing cocaine with intent to supply between July and August last year.

The court heard the Villa centre-half had written a letter in support of his brother which had been taken into account in passing sentence.