Agbonlahor injury concern for Villa

The England striker has been suffering from calf and now groin

problems this season. Agbonlahor missed the first three games of

the campaign because of a calf injury and had to be substituted

after half an hour of last week’s Carling Cup win over Blackburn

with a similar setback. Houllier admitted: “My concern is Gabby

because he again has felt his groin. “We will have to investigate a

bit more. The calf problem has gone now. Now it’s gone up his body.

I hope it doesn’t get much higher.” Houllier has received

encouraging news regarding central defender Richard Dunne and

striker John Carew. The duo are making good progress after knee and

back problems respectively and should be in contention for the trip

to White Hart Lane. Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald had indicated

Carew was struggling to play back-to-back matches because of his

back complaint before he was replaced by Houllier. Dunne suffered

his setback in the clash at Stoke just over two weeks ago. But

Houllier admits the form of Carlos Cuellar as his replacement has

given him a welcome selection headache. He said: “That sort of

headache I can take. A bad headache is when you’ve not got enough

players. “Carlos looked strong and solid and reminded me of Jamie

Carragher. He goes for everything in the air and is brave.”