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

Last Updated: 19/08/11 at 13:05

Given: Has shaken off groin injury

Given: Has shaken off groin injury

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has shaken off a groin injury sustained in the season-opener at Fulham last weekend and will be fit to make his home debut against Blackburn.

Villa will also hand a home bow to winger Charles N'Zogbia after his £9.5m switch from Wigan.

Manager Alex McLeish is poised to retain the side that started the goalless draw at Fulham with Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey in a three-pronged attack.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is optimistic key centre-back pairing Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba will be available.

Kean was forced to play teenager Grant Hanley and midfielder Steven Nzonzi together during last week's defeat by Wolves but Nelsen (knee) and Samba (groin) have both trained this week and should start.

Gael Givet (illness) and Brett Emerton (hamstring) are likely to miss out but new midfield signing Radosav Petrovic is in line to make his debut.

Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Bent, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Makoun, Ireland, Bannan, Beye, Clark.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Bunn, Salgado, Hanley, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Bruno, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Dunn, Grella, Formica, Rochina, Hoilett, Roberts, Goodwillie, Blackman, Aley, Anderson, Henley, Petrovic, Lowe, Morris.

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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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