Aston Villa injury update: Featuring Aly Cissokho and Libor Kozak

Villa boss Tim Sherwood has provided a fitness update on his squad ahead of the weekend's trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed to the club’s official website that left-back Aly Cissokho could return for Saturday’s match at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Frenchman has been out for the past seven games with a hamstring problem but is now back in training and will be assessed ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane.

Fellow defender Philippe Senderos is also making good progress but ailing trio Alan Hutton, Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair all remain highly doubtful for the capital clash.

Sinclair and Westwood both missed last 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.

None of the three managed to make the squad for the subsequent 3-3 home draw with Premier League relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers and Sherwood suspects he will have to do without them again when he comes up against his former club.

“It's pretty much how it was – chronic,” he said. "There were some players the other night who hadn't really trained but it was a needs-must situation.

"I am hoping the boys who played against QPR will benefit from their time out on the pitch and be a lot stronger for the game at the weekend.

"We haven't done a lot today. We won't do a lot tomorrow. It's about recovery - and knowing what their jobs are."

There is better fitness news elsewhere, however, with Libor Kozak returning to the pitch for the first time since breaking his leg in training 15 months ago.

The Czech striker lasted 67 minutes of the Under-21 side’s 1-0 win at local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and, while Sherwood stresses that it’s still too soon for a first-team comeback, he is hoping to see him in top-flight action before the end of the season.

“It's great he's back. I am pleased for him but he's been out for 14 months,” he stated, when asked if Kozak would be available for the Spurs clash. "You're asking for a disaster to happen. He's a good lad. We have to be careful with him.

“He's come this far. We have to make sure we give him the right preparation. Hopefully he will be in time for the end of the season. At the moment it's too soon.

"He realises this as well. He is going to need a bit more time."

The out-of-favour Carles Gil was also forced off against Wolves after sustaining a dead leg, with Sherwood adding that the Spaniard will be assessed at a later date.

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