Aston Villa injury update: Agbonlahor and Clark back for Swansea clash

Manager Tim Sherwood has a fully fit squad to choose from for Saturday's match at Villa Park.

Gabby Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark are both available for Aston Villa’s home clash with Swansea City on Saturday, with manager Tim Sherwood revealing at his pre-match press conference that he has a full squad to choose from.

Agbonlahor has been out of action since being forced off at half-time of last month’s 1-0 Capital One Cup third round victory over bitter rivals Birmingham City with a calf injury, while Clark has missed the past two matches with a calf problem of his own.

However, the pair have since returned to full training and are now in contention to feature against Garry Monk’s men, along with long-term absentees Gary Gardner and Jores Okore.

It remains to be seen whether the latter duo will be involved at Villa Park tomorrow afternoon, though, with Sherwood adding that some of his squad will still need to have their match fitness assessed ahead of the game due to their lack of time on the training ground.

“Everyone is fit,” Sherwood told reporters. “There are a few who haven’t done as much training as we would’ve liked so will have to assess whether they’re going to be ready for tomorrow but it’s all quiet in the treatment room at the moment.

“They all want to play. I’m confident in the group. They want to put themselves on the field and up for selection. I haven’t got any problem with the heart of the group.

“You’ll see the best team to play against Swansea tomorrow.”

Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea left Villa in 19th-place in the Premier League table with just four points from nine games, having gone without a top-flight win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their opening match of the season.

Now on a run of five straight league defeats, the likes of the Telegraph have reported that Sherwood is facing the sack if the Swansea match ends in another loss but the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach insists that he is ignoring the speculation.

"I'm easy with it. My job doesn't change,” he added. “I still need to win a football match which I'm aware of. I'll be taking full responsibility for the team's performance and we'll win tomorrow.

“It’ll be 100 per cent my responsibility if we don’t pick up in the league.”

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