O’Neill happy to see Downing make his Aston Villa debut

Downing, who joined Villa from Middlesbrough in the summer, came off the bench against Burnley on Saturday.

The England winger has been out with a injury since last season.

O’Neill said: “I think that’s a big plus for him. In terms of match fitness, he’s a distance away but I thought a spurt here would be useful and he might provide something.

“He has got into the action, which is great, and he can only improve. We have a game in midweek he will play in. Just being part of it after that injury is great for him.”