Aston Villa veteran Agbonlahor suspended for smoking hookah

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Gabby Agbonlahor has been suspended by Aston Villa after pictures surfaced of the striker smoking a shisha pipe while in Dubai over the international break.

Agbonlahor will not feature against Chelsea this weekend as the club performs an internal investigation into the matter.

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While smoking the flavored tobacco pipe is not illegal, the negative health benefits have made it frowned upon by clubs.

The 29-year-old striker is currently the most tenured player on Villa’s squad, making nearly 400 appearances for the first-team since his debut in 2006. A local lad who has been at the club since he was eight-years-old, Agbonlahor has been through it all with Villa. However, the veteran has only scored once in 15 appearances this season as he has failed to help keep the club afloat.

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Villa face Chelsea on Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) in the club’s first match under Eric Black. The former assistant has been named caretaker manager until the end of the season following Remi Garde’s dismissal earlier this week.