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

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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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