Friday media watch [18.01.13 AM]: More Baggies previews
Sporting Life: Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is in contention to return to the side after a seven-week absence for the Barclays Premier League derby at West Brom. The Holland international defender has been sidelined with a calf injury but returned as an unused substitute against Southampton last weekend and has since put in a full week's training.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert insists Villa's perilous plight has "nothing to do" with the young age of his squad after backing them to cope with the Premier League relegation pressure. Villa head into tomorrow's derby against West Brom at The Hawthorns desperate to climb out of the drop-zone after picking up just 19 points from 22 games.
Birmingham Mail: Former Villa striker Stan Collymore reckons scoring first is crucial to the club's survival hopes, because few teams, with the exception of recovery kings Manchester United, can bounce back easily.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark is confident they will soon turn the corner after a disastrous run of form. Villa have dropped into the bottom three after picking up just one point from their last five matches.
Birmingham Mail: New No.1 Brad Guzan has praised the role Villa goalkeeping coach Terry Gennoe has played in helping him kick-start his Premier League career.
Birmingham Mail: Villa captain Ron Vlaar is back with a message for his creaking claret and blue team-mates ahead of tomorrow's crunch derby at Albion. Vlaar has told his colleagues that it is their responsibility to drag the club out of trouble rather than relying on fellow strugglers to slip up.
Birmingham Mail: Ciaran Clark admits he can fully understand the claret and blue faithful's frustrations at Villa's fall from grace. The 22-year-old, who is likely to return the armband to Ron Vlaar tomorrow after standing in as captain in recent matches, can sympathise with supporters.
Birmingham Mail: Rookie defender Derrick Williams has been told by manager Paul Lambert to remain patient got another first-team chance.
Express & Star: West Brom head coach Steve Clarke said that he is hopeful that Saturday's derby game against Aston Villa at the Hawthorns will go ahead, despite the snow.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.