Aston Villa's caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has warned Manchester City that James Milner could yet feature in his side's Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna on Thursday.
England international Milner scored in the 3-0 weekend win over West Ham and is being lined up for further Villa action, with his move to Eastlands still far from certain.
MacDonald told the Daily Mirror: "I won't be naming a Europa League squad until Tuesday or Wednesday. James is a top player and if he's available, I will consider him.
"If we were going to stop him playing then we should have stopped him playing in the Premier League.
"I think there's probably more chance of him getting an injury in a Premier League game because of the physical contact.
"So I just think if James hasn't gone to Manchester City by the middle of the week, I'm sure he'll want to play, because he just loves playing football as you saw out there against West Ham."