Gabby ready to face City

The speedy forward has beaten the back problem which forced him out

of England’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro. However, Nathan

Delfouneso looks set to miss out after picking up a hamstring tear

which could keep him out of Villa’s next two games. “Gabby has

trained this week and as long as nothing interrupts his training

schedule on Thursday and Friday he should be fine for City,” said

McLeish. “I am disappointed for Nathan as I think his hamstring

prevented him playing the rest of the game. Also it has maybe cost

him a couple of games here. I don’t think it is too bad but

sometimes sprinters get these injuries more than others. “He has

got to do a bit of preventative work in the gym and I’m sure Adrian

Lamb will help him attain stronger hamstrings that enable him to

make his bursts from start to finish in games.”