Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that defender Jores Okore is in line to make his first senior appearance of the season for the club when they host Southampton in Monday night's Premier League clash.
Okore returned to the pitch during pre-season after missing most of the 2013-14 campaign with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, but is still to feature for Lambert's side, despite first-choice centre-backs Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos both missing time.
However, with the pair sustaining fresh injuries while with the Netherlands and Switzerland, respectively, and main backup Nathan Baker already suffering with a twisted knee, the Scot has been forced to rule all three out of the Saints match.
That leaves the 22-year-old Dane and Ciaran Clark as the only fit options, with Lambert telling Sky Sports News HQ: “Jores Okore is just coming back from an injury but he's getting better.
“We have lost two experienced players who have been playing well.”
Lambert also blasted the Swiss FA for their mismanagement of Senderos, with the veteran ruled out for a month after injuring his calf in training with his national team, having just returned from a thigh problem in the recent 0-0 draw at West Ham United.
“That's the one I'm not happy about at all, Philippe. He is the one which has annoyed me the most,” he said.
“He went away with his national team and if you look at his record he has only played six minute, against West Ham, for a month. He goes away with Switzerland and ends up pulling his calf in a training exercise.
“It's mismanagement from the FA in Switzerland. They should have been in dialogue and seen his record in the first place and that he didn't play for a month.
“We still have options but in Philippe's case it should have been avoided. He was totally fine when he came on in that little cameo role against West Ham.”