Villa sweating on star duo's fitness

Martin O'Neill will check on the fitness of Stephen Warnock and Nigel Reo-Coker ahead of Aston Villa's Carling Cup quarter-final at Portsmouth.

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Warnock: Struggling with illness

Warnock: Struggling with illness

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Warnock missed the 1-1 home draw with Tottenham at the weekend through illness, while Reo-Coker suffered an ankle injury during the game which forced him to be substituted.

Central defender James Collins is again ruled out through a combination of groin and thigh problems.

Brad Guzan is likely to deputise between the posts at Fratton Park on Tuesday for number one Brad Friedel after saving four penalties, including three in the shoot-out, during the win at Sunderland in the previous round.

Villa (from): Friedel, Guzan, Luke Young, Beye, Dunne, Cuellar, Clark, Warnock, Milner, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Downing, Delph, Gardner, Ashley Young, Carew, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso.

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