Aston Villa injury update: Featuring Rudy Gestede, Jordan Veretout and others

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Relegated Villa say goodbye to the Premier League on Sunday afternoon when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Rudy Gestede could return to the Aston Villa line-up for Sunday’s season finale at Arsenal, caretaker manager Eric Black has revealed at his pre-match press conference.

The 27-year-old striker missed last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle United with a groin injury after starting the previous weekend’s 3-2 loss at Watford, but he has since returned to training and could feature against Arsene Wenger’s side if he comes through a late fitness test.

Youngsters Jordan Lyden, Kevin Toner and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are also set to be involved at the Emirates Stadium as Villa bid farewell to the Premier League, but several defenders could miss out on the trip.

Ciaran Clark and Alan Hutton are both doubts for the match after picking up knocks in the Newcastle game, while Kieran Richardson is expected to sit out a fourth straight match with a calf problem.

Jordan Veretout, who has failed to feature for the club since Remi Garde’s departure in late March, is also struggling with a hip injury and looks highly unlikely to play any part in Sunday afternoon's encounter.

"We have a few injury issues,” Black said at his press conference. “We have had one or two not train since the Newcastle match.

"Alan Hutton is feeling his calf a little bit. Ciaran Clark is feeling his ankle. Kieran Richardson is still struggling with his calf and Jordan Veretout is still struggling with his hip.

"The one positive, however, is that Rudy Gestede trained today so we will see how he reacts to that."

Villa avoided a club-record 12th consecutive defeat in their final home game of the season against Newcastle, who will now be joining them in the Championship next season, and Black is hoping for a similar performance this weekend before he steps aside from his role as caretaker boss.

"I just want to see that application and endeavour again," he added. "It's going to be a difficult game. Arsenal are exceptional at the Emirates and they'll obviously have an eye on trying to get above Tottenham.

"We're going to have to defend and be extremely conscientious in our defensive duties. We'll work hard hopefully and continue trying to get the supporters back on our side.

"I thought last week we played against a very capable Newcastle side and restricted them to not too many opportunities. We'd like to have threatened the goal a little bit more, but I thought we defended very well as a unit and we'll have to do on Sunday if we're going to achieve a result."

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