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Fulham v Villa: Ireland, Bennett and El Ahmadi fit but Clark concern

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Fulham v Villa: Ireland, Bennett and El Ahmadi fit but Clark concern

By Paul Brown

Stephen Ireland, Joe Bennett and Karim El Ahmadi are all set to be fit for Fulham.

Ireland broke a bone in his wrist against Southampton and was absent for the games against Manchester City, West Brom and Tottenham.

But the midfield ace should be given the go-ahead to travel to the Craven Cottage and play with a support on his arm, with the final decision due later this afternoon.

Bennett badly gashed his leg and required stitches in the final stages of the White Hart Lane match but he's back for Fulham after recovering.

El Ahmadi was withdrawn for Morocco on international duty but Paul Lambert revealed that was just as a precaution after the central star suffered from cramp.

Lambert said he will also assess the freshness of Brad Guzan, Brett Holman and Christian Benteke, after the star trio played for USA, Australia and Belgium this week.

He said: "I will see how the lads are. Some can be more tired than others.

"Christian played two games and scored two for the national team. He's just a young lad too - 21.

"I watched Belgium against Scotland. He was excellent in a top Belgium side.

"Brett played well too for Australia. There are one or two selection things to look at."

Lambert will also give a late fitness test to Ciaran Clark on the eve of the Fulham game.

Clark has a "slight knock" and Lambert will be eager the star defender recovers in time for Saturday.

He added: "I think the way Ciaran has been playing, he's doing really well.

"He's another young guy. He has been excellent this season. His partnership with Ron Vlaar has been great.

"Ciaran, for someone so young, has been doing great."

Make sure you're here to back the boys against Norwich City.

By @AVFCOfficial 19th October 2012
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