Aston Villa v Spurs preview
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert could now make changes for the
Boxing Day visit of Spurs after the heavy 8-0 defeat at
Midfielder Stephen Ireland started on the bench against the
Blues after he missed the 3-1 win over the Reds through illness and
he could now come into the starting line-up.
But Lambert is sweating over the fitness of defender Ron Vlaar,
striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and winger Charles N’Zogbia after the
trio missed the Stamford Bridge clash with calf, thigh and knee
Forward Clint Dempsey is a doubt for Tottenham after he missed
Saturday’s draw against Stoke with a groin problem.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto may make his long-awaited comeback from a
knee injury while Scott Parker could also make his first start of
the season after coming off the bench in the last two games
following his recovery from an Achilles injury.
Younes Kaboul is expected to return from his knee injury next