Matthew Lowton is confident he will be fighting fit to make his Premier League debut for Villa after quickly recovering from a minor injury scare.
Lowton missed the 3-3 draw in Villa’s final friendly at Werder Bremen on Saturday after hurting his ankle in training in Germany.
But the 23-year-old defender insists it would take more than a slight knock to keep him out of the top-flight curtain-raiser at Upton Park.
Lowton has become Villa’s first-choice right-back since signing from Sheffield United with Villa advising Alan Hutton to look for a new club.
“I took a knock in training on Friday so the manager said just as a precaution to sit that one out,” said Lowton. “But I’m back in training so everything’s fine. It was my ankle and it just had a bit of swelling. I just sat it out so it didn’t get any worse.
“I’m definitely excited ahead of Saturday and it will be great, if selected. Hopefully I’ll be involved in the squad at least.
“With it being a Premier League game the atmosphere will be electric down there at West Ham so, fingers crossed, I can start and we can get a good result.”
Now that he has a clean bill of health, Lowton admits the only thing he is likely to be suffering this weekend is butterflies about his.
He paid a visit to the Villa Park box office this week to pick up a bumper order of tickets for the Lowton clan.
“There’s no nerves at the minute, but I’m sure there will be in the dressing room,” said Lowton. “But you’ve got to channel those nerves into aggression.
“It does happen every game, but I think there will be a few more nerves with it being my debut and it being the Premier League. I’ve played quite a few times now so it’s a case of using the adrenaline in a positive way.”