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

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Kightly: Could make rare Wolves appearance

Kightly: Could make rare Wolves appearance

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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has to solve a defensive crisis because of injuries and suspension ahead of the derby visit of Wolves.

Richard Dunne (shoulder), James Collins and Luke Young (both calf) plus Ciaran Clark, banned for two games for incurring 10 bookings, are all unavailable.

It leaves Houllier with only three first choice defenders in Carlos Cuellar - fit after a hamstring injury - Nathan Baker and on-loan Kyle Walker.

He is declining to name the replacements but Chris Herd and midfielder Fabian Delph, who has deputised before at left-back, are amongst the candidates.

Villa are striving to win back to back home league games for the first time since Houllier took charge.

Wolves winger Michael Kightly could make his first appearance since November 2009 in the derby clash with Villa.

The 25-year-old has struggled with knee problems for the past 15 and a half months but is back in the 18-man squad for the short trip to Villa Park.

Defender Michael Mancienne is also back in contention after more than three months out with a knee injury while Adlene Guedioura could return from a broken leg suffered against Villa in September.

Wolves will definitely be without Stephen Hunt (calf), Dave Edwards and Ronald Zubar (both back).

Villa (from): Friedel, Marshall, Walker, Cuellar, Baker, Herd, Delph, Albrighton, Downing, Petrov, Makoun, Reo-Coker, Pires, Bradley, Ashley Young, Bent, Heskey, Agbonlahor.

Wolves (from): Hahnemann, Jarvis, Craddock, Jones, Ward, Fletcher, Ebanks-Blake, Stearman, Mujangi Bia, Vokes, Milijas, Elokobi, Hennessey, Batth, Doyle, Henry, Hammill, Ebanks-Blake, Foley, Kightly, Mancienne Guedioura.

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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 2 5 6
2 Chelsea 2 4 6
3 Man City 2 4 6
4 Swansea 2 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Hull City 2 1 4
7 A Villa 2 1 4
8 West Ham 2 1 3
9 Liverpool 2 -1 3
10 Everton 2 0 2
11 S'land 2 0 2
12 West Brom 2 0 2
13 Man Utd 2 -1 1
14 Southampton 2 -1 1
15 Stoke 2 -1 1
16 Leicester 2 -2 1
17 Newcastle 2 -2 1
18 C Palace 2 -3 0
19 Burnley 2 -3 0
20 QPR 2 -5 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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