By Dan Harrison
Luke Young is ready to make his Villa comeback after returning to training following a lengthy injury lay-off.
The full-back has not featured for more than two months having been kept on the sidelines by an ongoing knee problem.
It has been a frustrating period for Young, whose last match action came in Villa's 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in December.
However, the news isn't so great for defensive colleague Carlos Cuellar.
Manager Gerard Houllier revealed the Spaniard will be out for at least four weeks after suffering a hamstring tear in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Blackpool.
"Carlos Cuellar will be out for a minimum of four weeks because it is a hamstring tear," said the Villa boss.
"But Luke Young is back which is good news for us."
Houllier says his squad have come back refreshed after he gave them a few days off to recharge the batteries.
With no game for the claret and blues this weekend, the Villa players were given the opportunity to recuperate after a tough run of fixtures since the turn of the year.
However, the manager admitted it is frustrating not to have a match to prepare for.
"It was an opportunity to get away from football and prepare for the last part of the season," he added.
"We had quite a sequence of games and some international players practically didn't get a day off.
"So we gave them a mini break to refresh, recharge the batteries and be ready for the next part of the season.
"I would have preferred to have a game, definitely, but we will organise a game between ourselves."
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