Gab ready to grab a starting spot

Agbonlahor missed the FA Cup quarter-final win at Reading through

illness eight days ago and was only named among the substitutes for

the weekend goalless draw at Stoke. But he is now back to full

fitness and may dislodge either John Carew or former Wigan striker

Emile Heskey as Villa look to maintain their 2010 unbeaten league

record. Villa boss Martin O’Neill said: “Gabby should be absolutely

fine now. He would have wanted to have played on Saturday at Stoke.

“He hasn’t missed many games in my time here but the second-half

performance at Reading, and his own illness, meant he didn’t start

at Stoke. He will be fine for Wigan and we hope he stays fit to the

end of the season.” As for the rest of his squad, O’Neill added:

“We have just a couple of niggly injuries but we hope the players

come through.” Villa (from): Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne,

Warnock, Downing, Petrov, Milner, Ashley Young, Carew, Heskey,

Agbonlahor, Guzan, Ashley Young, Delph, Sidwell, Albrighton,

Delfouneso, Davies, Beye.