This is a chance for another Aston Villa attacker to come to the fore. They host West Brom this weekend in a Midlands derby. West Brom haven't looked as impressive on the road yet this season. However, Aston Villa is a "don't bet on or against" team for me at the moment. I just don't have a good sense of them yet. That being said, Christrian Benteke may get his chance this weekend.
And speaking of this match...
Liam Ridgewell is a major doubt for Sunday’s derby against Villa after limping off during yesterday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Liverpool. The Baggies left-back was substituted in the 22nd minute after suffering a calf injury. He will be assessed before Sunday’s trip to his former club.
Albion boss Steve Clarke admitted the lack of full-backs – Steven Reid (hamstring/back) and Goran Popov (groin) were both absent – was a concern.
Martin O’Neill will leave it late to rule on Adam Johnson’s fitness after the winger was held out of training today. The former Manchester City man made a brief substitute appearance at MK Dons but didn’t join in this morning’s session at the Academy of Light.
"Adam did a bit of training yesterday and came off feeling okay, then just had what I’m hoping is a superificial problem," O’Neill.
"Thomas Vermaelen is available again for selection"
No other injured players, however, are ready to return.
For fantasy managers, the interesting thing is that:
- Terry is already struggling with an injury that saw him miss the Stoke match, and
- "The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Terry decide not to appeal." What matches he'll actually miss remains to be seen.
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini are edging closer to the levels of fitness that could see them feature in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Norwich.
Jonjo Shelvey is alos suspended for this match, and we're likely to see two-goal Carling Cup hero Nuri Sahin step into midfield. That might push Steven Gerrard forward ito a support-attacking role. Interesting for fantasy managers who got Gerrard on the barn door, or those considering him at his higher, full price.
And speaking of suspensions...
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