Birmingham v Villa preview

Birmingham newcomer David Bentley is included in the squad for the

derby clash with Aston Villa after signing on loan from Tottenham

for the remainder of the season. Blues will be without central

defender Scott Dann who suffered a torn hamstring during the

midweek Carling Cup semi-final setback at West Ham. Manager Alex

McLeish may switch Liam Ridgewell from left-back into the heart of

the defence or draft in Martin Jiranek as a straight swap for Dann.

Midfielder Lee Bowyer is available after completing a three-game

ban. Aston Villa will be without key duo Emile Heskey and Ashley

Young through suspension. Striker Heskey will serve the second game

of a three-match ban for his straight red card against Sunderland

10 days ago. Winger Young is suspended for one match after he was

sent off for two bookable offences in the FA Cup win at Sheffield

United last weekend. On-loan Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is

expected to make his league debut for Villa after scoring against

the Blades. Villa have no new injury concerns with full-back Luke

Young and Fabian Delph (both knee) are not yet ready to return.

Young could return to action within a fortnight after a visit to

the specialist confirmed no serious damage. Birmingham (from):

Foster, Carr, Johnson, Ridgewell, Jiranek, Murphy, Larsson,

Bentley, Ferguson, Bowyer, Gardner, Fahey, Hleb, Jerome, Zigic,

Derbyshire, Phillips, Taylor, Mutch, Parnaby, Michel. Aston Villa

(from): Friedel, Marshall, Walker, Clark, Collins, Dunne, Cuellar,

Albrighton, Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Pires, Bannan, Agbonlahor,

Carew, Hogg, Herd, Lichaj.