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Ashley Young remains a doubt for Aston Villa.

The England player has been suffering from a knee injury and would have missed last weekend's game against Wigan, which was postponed.

Neither he nor Luke Young (groin) has trained with the team this week so remain touch and go.

Midfielder Steve Sidwell is out of the reckoning as he closes in on a move to West Ham, but midfielders Stiliyan Petrov and Fabian Delph are returning to fitness following ankle and knee injuries respectively. Either could feature on the bench on Sunday.

Tottenham defender William Gallas has failed to recover from his hamstring injury.

Rafael van der Vaart (hamstring), Jermaine Jenas (calf), Younes Kaboul (hip) and Niko Kranjcar (hamstring) are available after missing Spurs' last match against Chelsea.

Ledley King (groin) has trained this week but is not fit enough to play while Jonathan Woodgate started his recovery from a long-term groin injury this week but is not expected to be available for two weeks and is likely to go out on loan next month.

Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Lichaj, L Young, Collins, Cuellar, Warnock, Albrighton, Hogg, Bannan, Petrov, Delph, Downing, A Young, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Guzan, Reo-Coker, Delfouneso, Herd, Dunne, Pires, Carew.

Tottenham (from): Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Bassong, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Van der Vaart, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Defoe, Kranjcar, Crouch, Cudicini, Bentley, Giovani, Corluka, Jenas.

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