A glance at the latest team news ahead of Aston Villa hosting Spurs at Villa Park this weekend.
Lucas Digne and Danny Ings will be available for this weekend’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, according to Steven Gerrard.
During the defeat to Wolves last Saturday, Digne was hauled off with an upset stomach, whereas Ings was ready to play but became a father in the early hours before kick-off.
With Kortney Hause still out with an abdominal injury, Gerrard, 41, picked only eight substitutes at Molineux. The manager, on the other hand, will have to make some important decisions now that he’ll have an almost fully fit squad to pick from for the first time since taking over in November.
Last weekend, Gerrard went with Morgan Sanson and Leon Bailey from the start and, when asked about those two surprise selections, said: “Leon (Bailey) gets his opportunity on the back of Danny Ings missing out. Morgan’s been training extremely well. He’s been patient.
“I have to have a look at Morgan Sanson at some point. I have to put him in and give him an opportunity because he can’t keep training well, and we ignore that. That’s only fair, so we gave both of them an opportunity.”
Gerrard added: “Every game’s tough. It’s the Premier League. There’s no gimmes. Every dual, every opponent you come up against is tough. It’s not the time right now to analyse Morgan Sanson’s performance.
“For me, the priority is the team. The biggest frustration to me is that we never came to a derby game until half-time. We never really showed that we cared enough until the 70th minute because we wanted to have a war with Wolves because it was all too little too late.”
Villa will welcome Marvelous Nakamba back for the first time in four months this weekend, as he returned last week for the under-23s after a serious knee injury. Meanwhile, Villa captain Tyrone Mings is walking a fine line between a two-game suspension and a one-game suspension.
Aston Villa’s available squad vs Tottenham
Goalkeepers: Emi Martinez, Robin Olsen, Viljami Sinisalo.
Defenders: Matty Cash, Lucas Digne, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne, Ashley Young.
Midfielders: Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Tim Iroegbunam, Carney Chukwuemeka, Morgan Sanson, Jacob Ramsey, Tommi O’Reilly.
Attackers: Philippe Coutinho, Emi Buendia, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey.
Doubtful: Kortney Hause.