Aston Villa have been hit by yet another injury setback with acting skipper Richard Dunne suffering a recurrence of a knee problem.
The Republic of Ireland international is the 10th senior Villa player to join the injury list after his knee flared up during Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Manchester United.
Dunne was initially sidelined with the setback for two games in mid-September and Villa boss Gerard Houllier can ill-afford any more injury blows.
Houllier told Press Association Sport: "Richard's knee has swollen up and it is a recurring thing. That is why he missed two or three games earlier in the season.
"He is important to us and I like the attitude of all my older players because they are good tutors (for the younger players) in terms of training and attitude towards the job.
"The two centre-backs (Dunne and James Collins) are fantastic people. They encourage and sometimes they give a rollicking."