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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash and Midlands derby between West Brom and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns.

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Brunt: Hamstring injury

Brunt: Hamstring injury

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West Brom captain Chris Brunt is set to miss out after suffering a slight hamstring strain in training.

Winger Jerome Thomas (hamstring/groin) and defender Steven Reid (calf) are definitely out of the Premier League clash after picking up injuries in the 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

Brunt will be assessed again on Saturday, with boss Roy Hodgson admitting he was unlikely to be fit but insisting none of the three were long-term concerns.

Villa midfielder Barry Bannan has been recalled from a loan spell with Leeds United after having only restricted opportunities with the Championship club.

Bannan, 21, forced his way into the Villa side earlier in the campaign when they suffered a series of midfield injury setbacks.

Caretaker boss Gary McAllister - still deputising while manager Gerard Houllier recovers from a heart problem - has a full-strength squad available.

Villa could again be unchanged after collecting eight points from their previous four games to climb into the top half of the table.

West Brom (from): Carson, Myhill, Jara, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Tamas, Pablo, Meite, Shorey, Cech, Scharner, Mulumbu, Morrison, Vela, Tchoyi, Barnes, Fortune, Odemwingie.

Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Walker, Collins, Dunne, Luke Young, Downing, Petrov, Bannan, Makoun, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Bent, Marshall, Clark, Heskey, Pires, Albrighton, Delph, Reo-Coker, Cuellar, Delph.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham
Southampton v West Brom
Swansea v Burnley
17:30
Everton v Arsenal
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR  
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  

Barclays Premier League

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

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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