Villa boss Tim Sherwood has provided a fitness update on his squad ahead of the visit of fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the club’s official website that Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood and Alan Hutton are all set to miss Tuesday night’s Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers.
Sinclair and Westwood both sat out the weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United due to hamstring injuries, while Hutton was forced off at half-time after taking a knock to his ankle.
Sherwood doesn’t expect the trio to be back in time for the match at Villa Park but has admitted that he could take a calculated risk with a few of his other returning stars.
Both Nathan Baker and Joe Cole made substitute appearances against United following long-term absences, while captain Ron Vlaar was among the substitutes after six weeks out with a nagging calf issue.
Fellow centre-back Philippe Senderos has also resumed training for the first time since November, while Aly Cissokho, Kieran Richardson and on-loan Tom Cleverley, who picked up a knock in last month’s Swansea defeat, are nearing contention too.
Speaking on the fitness of Sinclair and Westwood, Sherwood said: “Not for tomorrow, it's too soon for them."
On whether Hutton would be available to feature against fellow strugglers QPR, he added: “No.
"To be honest, I have never known an injury list like it. But it's something you have to get on with,” he continued. "A few of them are back from injury - they are medically fit but physically they are quite short. But it's a needs-must situation and some of them will be risked.
"I have had a chat with a few of them. All of them to a man have said 'yes' they want to fight for the cause to keep this club in the Premier League.
"Overall, I have seriously never seen an injury crisis like it - and I never thought I'd be one of those managers who ever moaned about injuries. But unfortunately I have to.”