Stoke v ASTON VILLA: Stephen Ireland faces late fitness test but Steve Sidwell could return

10 September 2010 11:12
Aston Villa will check on the fitness of midfielder Stephen Ireland ahead of Monday's Barclays Premier League clash at Stoke.[LNB]Ireland suffered a hamstring injury during the warm-up to the Everton clash a fortnight ago and was replaced by Nigel Reo-Coker.[LNB] Setback: Ireland is in a race against time to be fit[LNB]Midfielder Steve Sidwell could come into contention after playing 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek following his recovery from an Achilles injury.[LNB]Defender James Collins is expected to be fit after suffering a severe black eye when on duty for Wales against Montenegro last weekend.[LNB]Kevin MacDonald will be in charge as caretaker manager for the final time before Gerard Houllier officially takes command.[LNB]Provisional squad: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Downing, Carew, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Ireland, Guzan, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Lichaj, Bannan[LNB]CLICK HERE for all the rest of this weekend's Barclays Premier League team news  

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