Aston Villa injury update: Featuring Gabriel Agbonlahor, Alan Hutton and others

Manager Tim Sherwood has provided a fitness update on his squad ahead of the weekend's trip to Manchester City.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Aly Cissokho and Philippe Senderos will be in the squad for Saturday’s clash at Manchester City.

Both defenders went the full 90 minutes in the Under-21 side’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United earlier this week and will now return to the first-team fold for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

There is not such great fitness news elsewhere, though, as Ciaran Clark looks set to miss the rest of the season with medial ligament damaged sustained in 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

There is no timetable for fellow centre-back Nathan Baker’s return either, after he limped off in the first-half of the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, while Gabriel Agbonlahor might not be back in time for the weekend after missing the 2-1 win with a hamstring strain.

“Ciaran’s injury looks bad and we don’t think he will be able to come back before the end of the season,” said Sherwood. “Nathan Baker won’t be fit, obviously, because he limped off at Wembley.

“We are going to assess that day by day and give him every opportunity to try and get himself back fit.

“As for Gabby, he was disappointed [to miss the FA Cup semi-final] because he wanted to play. We left it right until the final minute but we always knew he would be a doubt.

“Possibly he’ll be fit for Saturday, but, if not, we expect to have him back for the Everton game.”

Sherwood did provide some positive news on Alan Hutton, though, as the right-back nears his return from an ankle problem which has kept him out for the past three games.

“Alan Hutton is out of the boot that he was wearing so hopefully that means he’s making progress,” the Villa boss added. “I don’t like putting a timescale on it, so let’s just give him every opportunity to progress. The positive is that he’s out of the boot.”

Carlos Sanchez is also set to return against Manuel Pellegrini’s side after his one-match suspension but on-loan Scott Sinclair, who featured as a 75th-minute substitute in the FA Cup semi-final, is ineligible to face his parent club.

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