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Villa hope over Agbonlahor

21 Feb 2008 - 11:52:01

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is hopeful that Gabriel Agbonlahor will be fit to face Reading on Sunday.

The speedy forward has been sidelined since being forced to pull out of the England squad to face Switzerland in a friendly earlier this month with a hamstring problem.

But after missing the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United on Villa's last outing two weeks ago, the seven-goal forward could make his comeback at the Madejski Stadium at the weekend.

"Gabby is fine. He has done a little bit of training. The pitches were too frosty on Tuesday but he did some training indoors. That was the first day he'd joined in with us," O'Neill told the club's official website.

"Hopefully he'll now get in a full spell of training and then we'll see how he is. He's been raring to go now and has been for some days.

"We didn't let him join in with any of the training sessions during our short break in Malaga but that was purely precautionary."

Meanwhile, defender Martin Laursen has been passed fit to face Reading despite struggling with a heel injury in recent days.


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