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Villa v Man City team news: Latest on Bent, Vlaar, Given and Herd
Injury update ahead of Man City encounter.
1st Mar 2013
Villa v Man City team news: Latest on Bent, Vlaar, Given and Herd


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Darren Bent is still struggling with a foot injury ahead of Villa's clash against Manchester City.

But there is better news for Ron Vlaar, Chris Herd and Shay Given as Paul Lambert's team prepare to take on the Barclays Premier League champions at Villa Park.

The City encounter could come too soon for Bent, who missed the weekend trip to Arsenal with a bruised foot.

Vlaar also sat out the defeat at The Emirates with a calf problem but he was set to join in training today.

The club's medical staff will monitor the Dutch defender's fitness between now and Monday.

Goalkeeper Shay Given has recovered from a groin strain, while utility player Herd has resumed training after a foot injury.

"Darren is still struggling with his foot," said boss Lambert.

"Ron is doing okay at the minute and I need to monitor him and how he is going to be.

"He did a little bit yesterday. We've still got a few days to see how he progresses. We will have to wait and see.

"He would be a big miss because I think he has been playing really well of late.

"But I thought Nathan and Ciaran were exceptional against Arsenal so I don't have a problem there."

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