Agbonlahor winning fitness race

Agbonlahor has been suffering with a back problem in the early

weeks of the season and was substituted after a stellar performance

in the 2-0 win over Wigan a fortnight ago. But the 25-year-old came

through training this week with no problems to report and is set to

face Roberto Mancini’s side as he looks to add to his four goals in

seven league games. Villa manager Alex McLeish said: “Gabby has

trained. We are very pleased with the way he has trained. Today was

the most intense session for him. “We put him through it a wee bit

and he came through with flying colours. “We expect him, barring a

nightmare in training tomorrow, to be okay for the game at City.

“He has done really well for us this season and I believe he can

get even better.” Midfielders Stephen Ireland (foot) and Barry

Bannan (Achilles) and defender James Collins (foot) are also

expected to be available, although striker Nathan Delfouneso

(hamstring) and on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas

(Achilles) are out.