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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and West Brom at Villa Park.

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Heskey: Back after knee injury

Heskey: Back after knee injury

Villa striker Emile Heskey will return after a seven-game absence for the derby clash with Albion.

The former England player has been sidelined with a knee problem since the goalless draw against Birmingham at Villa Park in late October.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier has confirmed Heskey will play some part against the Baggies.

Winger Ashley Young is available after missing the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday through suspension, but midfielder Ciaran Clark is banned after collecting his fifth yellow card of the campaign against the Reds.

West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will return from suspension for the short trip to Villa.

Striker Peter Odemwingie is battling to be fit - the six-goal leading scorer suffered a groin injury during the defeat of Newcastle and has been unable to train this week.

Midfielder Chris Brunt's ongoing groin problem means his training continues to be restricted, although he is hopeful of being fit.

Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Guzan, Luke Young, Collins, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Lichaj, Albrighton, Hogg, Bannan, Pires, Ireland, Downing, Ashley Young, Carew, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso.

West Brom (from): Carson, Jara, Scharner, Tamas, Cech, Tchoyi, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Thomas, Odemwingie, Mulumbu, Myhill, Ibanez, Barnes, Reid, Shorey, Fortune, Cox.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
12:00
Sunderland v Cardiff  
14:05
Liverpool v Chelsea  
16:10
C Palace v Man City  
Monday, 28 April 2014
20:00
Arsenal v Newcastle  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 34 56 74
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 34 -13 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

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