Villa to make late check on Ireland

10 September 2010 12:23
Aston Villa will check on the fitness of Stephen Ireland ahead of Kevin MacDonald's final game in charge at Stoke on Monday night.[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]Steve Sidwell could also come into contention for a place in midfield 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]MacDonald will be in charge as caretaker manager for the final time before Gerard Houllier officially takes command.[LNB]Kick-off at the Britannia Stadium is at 8pm.[LNB]Villa (from): Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Downing, Carew, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Ireland, Guzan, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Lichaj, Bannan.[LNB]

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