Fulham V Aston Villa at Craven Cottage : Match Preview

16 April 2017 12:34

Rush of blood to the head rules Chris Martin out of Villa clash

Chris Martin will miss Fulham's Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa after seeing red at Norwich.

The striker was sent off during the 3-1 win over his former club and, although Fulham plan to appeal against the dismissal, the visit of Villa will come too soon for Martin.

Denis Odoi's participation remains in doubt. The Belgian defender sat out his fourth straight game due to insufficient fitness but there was better news for former England midfielder Scott Parker, who took a place on the bench following his recovery from a back injury.

Keeper Marcus Bettinelli is keeping David Button out of goal in a team pushing hard to remove Sheffield Wednesday from the final play-off place.

Villa boss Steve Bruce is unlikely to have Wales international Neil Taylor available for the trip to Craven Cottage.

The left-back picked up a groin injury in training on Thursday and missed the 3-1 defeat against Reading on Saturday with Jordan Amavi taking his place.

Amavi is in line to retain his place if Taylor is not available while goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who has been an understudy to Sam Johnstone for majority of the season, is also a doubt with a knee problem.

Jonathan Kodjia could lead the attack again if he comes through unscathed after playing a full 90 minutes following a knock, with Scott Hogan waiting in the wings after recovering from an ankle issue, but Gabby Agbonlahor (hamstring) and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (ankle) are out.

Source: PAR