Sunderland v Villa team news: Benteke/Vlaar return to action
Villa have made two changes for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland.
Christian Benteke and skipper Ron Vlaar have been recalled to the starting line-up after recovering from injury.
Aleksandar Tonev drops to the bench, while Ciaran Clark misses out through suspension.
Sunderland have named former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner on the bench.
Ex-claret and blues loanee Phil Bardsley is included in the Black Cats' starting XI.
SUNDERLAND: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Diakite, Roberge, Cattermole, Ki, Colback, Ji, Giaccherini, Fletcher. Subs: Dossena, Larrson, Gardner, Johnson, Pickford, Altidore, Borini.
VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, Westwood, Bacuna, Weimann, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Steer, Bowery, El Ahmadi, Kozak, Albrighton, Tonev, Donacien.
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