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

Chelsea.

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

problems respectively.

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

month.