Sunderland v Aston Villa preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.

Last Updated: 22/10/10 at 10:33   

Heskey: Returns from back injury

Heskey: Returns from back injury

Sunderland striker Darren Bent will be fit after coming through Monday night's 0-0 draw at Blackburn despite missing 10 days' training with the groin injury he picked up on England duty.

Full-back Kieran Richardson is likely to miss out after suffering a setback in his battle against a hamstring problem, while Andy Reid is out with a similar problem.

Manager Steve Bruce has no other fitness concerns and only David Meyler, who is back in training after a knee injury, and Fraizer Campbell (also knee) remain on the sidelines.

Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey and winger Marc Albrighton are fit for the trip to the North-East.

The duo missed the home goalless draw with Chelsea last weekend through a back injury and sickness respectively.

Central defender Richard Dunne is also available after being substituted in the early stages against the Blues with a cut ankle which required several stitches.

But striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and full-back Luke Young are again ruled out.

Agbonlahor is still recovering from minor surgery to his groin while Young will be out of action for a further two weeks with a torn hamstring.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon, Onuoha, Bardsley, Angeleri, Bramble, Turner, Ferdinand, Mensah, Da Silva, Cattermole, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Zenden, Bent, Gyan, Welbeck.

Villa (from): Friedel, Beye, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ireland, Ashley Young, Carew, Guzan, Heskey, Delfouneso, Albrighton, Clark, Cuellar, Sidwell, Bannan, Lichaj.

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Premier League Fixtures

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
19:45
Everton v C Palace
Man City v Sunderland
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
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12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 32 54 70
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 33 22 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 West Ham 34 -9 37
12 C Palace 33 -15 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 32 -25 25

Updated Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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