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Collins: Back in contention

Collins: Back in contention

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James Collins is back in contention for Aston Villa. The centre-half returned to training this week after missing the 4-1 setback at Manchester City - Villa's first league defeat of the season - with foot and groin problems.

Villa boss Alex McLeish may recall midfielder Barry Bannan after leaving him out of the starting line-up at City following his exertions with Scotland. Striker Nathan Delfouneso (hamstring) and on-loan Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) are still ruled out.

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera is in contention to play some part for Albion after making his comeback from a long-term ankle problem.

The Hungary international played 45 minutes of the midweek reserve clash with Arsenal - his first action of any sort since rejoining the Baggies from Fulham during the summer.

Defender Steven Reid will be available after undergoing minor hand surgery. Head coach Roy Hodgson has to decide whether to recall Peter Odemwingie after he impressed as a scoring substitute against Wolves.

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

West Brom (from): Foster, Fulop, Reid, Jones, Jara, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson, Tamas, Mattock, Shorey, Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Scharner, Dorrans, Thomas, Gera, Tchoyi, Odemwingie, Long, Cox, Fortune.

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