Town boss Mick McCarthy has admitted that he will be making changes to his side for the weekend’s FA Cup clash, through both necessity and choice.
The Town boss will be without a number of his loanees, who haven’t been granted permission to feature, as well as Tyrone Mings who is cup-tied.
Mick will then also use the game against the Premier League outfit to have a look at other members of his squad.
“I’ll be making changes to the team, some that have been forced on me and some that are through choice,” Mick told the Club website.
“We haven’t been given permission for Hendo (Stephen Henderson) or Bradley (Orr) to play, and of course DJ (Campbell) has gone back, so there are three changes I’ll have to make.
“But I wanted to give a few of the other lads in the squad a game, because I haven’t had the chance to have a proper look at them in a competitive fixture yet.
“Paddy (Kisnorbo) is available and he’s been brought in to provide competition to Luke Chambers and Tommy Smith.
“He’s been out injured but he’s been training every day at Leeds for a while now and is fully fit.
“Chambo has broken his nose but he’ll be ok to be involved, there’s no question of that.”
Town boss Mick McCarthy has admitted that he will be making changes to his side for the weekend’s FA Cup clash, through both necessity and choice. Loanees Stephen Henderson and Bradley Orr have both been denied permission to play for Town in the competition, whilst DJ Campbell has returned to QPR. Defender Tyrone Mings is cup-tied, following an appearance for Yate earlier in the competition, whilst Andy Drury is still sidelined with an illness. Scott Loach and Elliott Hewitt are both expected to start for Blues at Villa Park, whilst the likes of Michael Chopra, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Luke Hyam could also come into contention. Recent loan acquisition Patrick Kisnorbo may make his debut after being granted permission to play by parent-club Leeds United.
Paul Lambert could include former Blues striker Darren Bent in his side, despite the forward struggling to dislodge Christian Benteke so far this season for a starting berth. The former Norwich boss must also make a decision on whether to rest a number of first-team players for the tie, which could include ‘keeper Brad Guzan who has made the number one shirt his own at Villa Park this term.
How they fared last season
Aston Villa- 4th round (lost 3-2 to Arsenal)
Town- 3rd round (lost 3-1 to Hull)
One to watch
Christian Benteke. The big Belgium striker has become a real fans favourite at Villa Park, after making the switch to the West Midlands from Genk in the summer for a fee in the region of £7m. Benteke, who has been capped nine times by his country, has become the focal point of Villa’s attack and has kept the likes of former Town man Darren Bent out of the starting line-up with his eye-catching performances.
Paul Lambert. The Villa boss is well known to Town fans after enjoying a successful spell in charge of local rivals Norwich. The former Celtic midfielder led the Canaries to successive promotions, before keeping them in the Premier League last season. He departed Carrow Road for Villa Park in the summer, although hasn’t had quite the same impact as of yet, with Villa sat just above the relegation zone in the table. The FA Cup could prove to be a welcome distraction for Lambert, with the Scot having already led his side to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup this term.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Andrew Halliday and Steve Copeland
Fourth Official: Gary Sutton
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