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Bent, Collins and Delph fit and ready for Fulham clash
Clean bill of health ahead of Cottagers trip.
11th Aug 2011
Bent, Collins and Delph fit and ready for Fulham clash


By Dan Harrison

Alex McLeish has been given a triple boost ahead of Villa's Barclays Premier League opener against Fulham after Darren Bent, James Collins and Fabian Delph declared themselves fit.

Bent and Collins sat out the midweek international fixtures with shoulder and back problems respectively, while Delph missed last weekend's pre-season friendly against Braga.

But manager McLeish confirmed the trio are raring to go for Saturday's curtain-raiser at Craven Cottage.

And several claret and blues aces who were involved for their nations last night - Republic of Ireland trio Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Ciaran Clark and Scotland'sBarry Bannan - have returned unscathed.

"At this moment there are no injuries really to shout about," McLeish said.

"We have everybody available and we have nobody on the treatment table.

"It is great that Fabian Delph is available after missing last week's trip to Braga."

Defender Collins was excused from Wales' game against Australia after having a lump removed from his back, while striker Bent received treatment on a shoulder injury early this week.

"James Collins should make it," McLeish added. "He did have a lump in his back last week that rendered him unable to move.

"The doctor has treated him very well and Wales have been excellent in their cooperation in letting him miss the international which was vital to any chance of him playing at the weekend.

"Darren Bent is fine as well after the shoulder injury. Early treatment in the week has helped him get to a good level.

"Richard Dunne has come back from a routine game against Croatia which was played at a slow tempo and he played the whole game.

"Shay played 60-odd minutes and Barry Bannan came on for Scotland in the last 20 minutes or so and they all came through with no injuries."

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