Aston Villa face wait over Emile Heskey's fitness for Manchester United clash

09 February 2010 03:05
Once again the England international has succumbed to injury, this time a groin strain picked up during Saturday's goalless draw at Tottenham.

Scans revealed no serious damage, but Martin O'Neill was still 'doubtful' over whether Heskey would be available.

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The Norwegian another Villa striker prone to knocks has recovered from a recent knee injury, and came on as a substitute at White Hart Lane. Stephen Warnock remains out with a shin injury.

Meanwhile Warnock's replacement at left-back, Luke Young, has warned supporters to expect an even tougher match against United than normal. The defender believes that Villa's victory over United at Old Trafford in

December, the first time Villa had done so in 26 years, will have given Sir Alex Ferguson's side extra incentive.

'It's probably a bit of a negative for us because they will be out for revenge,' Young said. 'They will be looking to put one over us on our own patch after we went there and frustrated them and came away with a 1-0 win. Perhaps it will work in their favour.'

Finally, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is interested in making Nicky Shorey's loan deal permanent at the end of the season. The left-back has moved to London on a four month loan.

'A price has been put on Nicky's head if, at the end of the loan period, he wants to stay and we certainly want to keep him,' said Hodgson.

'He's a player we considered many times. When he was at Reading we were interested, but the price and wages he could command took him out of our reach and he went to Aston Villa.'

Source: Telegraph