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Gab ready to grab a starting spot
Published : 15 Mar 2010 13:51:24
Agbonlahor missed the FA Cup quarter-final win at Reading through illness eight days ago and was only named among the substitutes for the weekend goalless draw at Stoke. But he is now back to full fitness and may dislodge either John Carew or former Wigan striker Emile Heskey as Villa look to maintain their 2010 unbeaten league record. Villa boss Martin O'Neill said: "Gabby should be absolutely fine now. He would have wanted to have played on Saturday at Stoke. "He hasn't missed many games in my time here but the second-half performance at Reading, and his own illness, meant he didn't start at Stoke. He will be fine for Wigan and we hope he stays fit to the end of the season." As for the rest of his squad, O'Neill added: "We have just a couple of niggly injuries but we hope the players come through." Villa (from): Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Downing, Petrov, Milner, Ashley Young, Carew, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Guzan, Ashley Young, Delph, Sidwell, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Davies, Beye.