Aston Villa missing nine players for Wigan clash

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today revealed the squad are “down to the bare bones” for their Premier League clash with Wigan.

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The injury-hit claret and blues will be without the services of nine senior players ahead the visit of a Latics side three points below them in the relegation places.

Definitely ruled out are Richard Dunne (hip), Ron Vlaar (calf), Gary Gardner (knee), Gabby Agbonlahor (hip), Darren Bent (hamstring), Charles N’Zogbia (knee), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Andreas Weimann (calf).

Fabian Delph will miss out through suspension, after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Tottenham on Boxing Day.

It means Lambert will look to youngsters Samir Carruthers, Derrick Williams and Daniel Johnson to make up the numbers on the Villa bench.

He said: “We are down to the bare bones regarding injuries. We have some big players out at the moment and we need to get them back as soon as we can.

“It’s tough at this time of year because we have four games in 10 days. It’s really hard. I don’t think many will be back in time.

"But we have go to pick ourselves up and go with what we have got.”

Meanwhile, Lambert today played down the idea that his squad does not contain enough experienced players.

The claret and blues host Wigan having conceded 12 goals in their past two games against Chelsea and Tottenham.

But, despite the naivety of those two performances, the Scot insisted Villa were no better off in the past few seasons when they had some old heads around.

Lambert argued: “As I have said before, over the last few years this club has had loads of experienced players and the situation has not really changed.

“Experienced players won’t always take you where you want to go. I know that from my own experience and I have got a belief in the way we are doing it, in the long term, that this club will be great.

“There’s no point me saying we are down there because of inexperience. This club was battling against relegation last season. I think definite progress has been made.

"I can see the long-term situation and what we are trying to do. We’re not in the bottom three and the league is really tight. We’re sitting not too far from mid-table.”

The Villa boss has, however, demanded a response from his players against the Latics at Villa Park after their two humiliations.

He said: "You have to respond. There’s no point in going out there and feeling sorry for yourself. We have to try to rectify it.”

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Comments for: "Aston Villa missing nine players for Wigan clash"

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Excuses already in place at home to wigan we should be winning , no excuses cannot understand why vlaar and gabby have been out for so long when a couple games ago they was having late fitness test so they was close then! if he continues play Herd CB we are in trouble, the team should be;

Guzan, Lichaj, Clark, Lowton, Bennett, Bannan, Westwood, Albrighton, Ireland, Holman, Benteke.

this idiot is as bad if not worse than mclueless. Time to get rid of the lot starting with our invisible owner Mr Lerner and his equally useless side kick Faulkner.At least we will get a few derby games next year, blue noses,wolves, derby etc. as there is

only one way we are heading with this shower.


Villa should be beating Wigan at home? Look at our record v Wigan at home .... it's never an easy game and they lost narrowly to Arsenal and Everton. I think fans need a reality check! 10 players out doesn't seem like an excuse to me, it's a fact. Take 10 players out of most sides and they will struggle, especially when the squad isn't big in the first place. Take 10 out of Everton's Team and see what happens to them, look at Newcastle, two out and they are a different team to last year.

A clean sheet should be our first aim, and hopefully Benteke can fire again, but he has so little support from midfield it will be very tough. Maybe time to give Bowery a run and at least give their defence something to worry about.


paul villa

Wigan is a match that must be won .

Failure will prove that huge changes are essential .

All the banter in the world will not change the reality .

A win will prove the team is on the right track .

Go Villa and please hope the management act upon the result !!!

villa hate the hun

PL is a the man for the job,with a bit of backing we will do well..

i agree that many injurys is a valid excuse.


Andy Allen

PL is the right man for the job so we need to get real. It will take time and surely the doom merchants can see we have played some decent football along the way unlike with the last manager. Yes we have been thrashed twice recently, I have few doubts, PL will get it right in due course, if not this season then the next, be whatever division we are in.

David Pugh

Lets get rid of our manager owner and COE, Lads. But no one tells me who they would get in our who would want the jobs or have the money to buy the club. These same people wanted Doug Out Mac Unless out , and the french man out. It was the supporters that wanted PL in. Lets just keep getting people in and sacking them hey. thats the quickest way to end up in the 3rd div. What aload of Muppets. You can tell the plonkers. They never come up with an alternative, they are wise after the event, they would never have signed him, Go support Man U. with the rest of the plonkers, or are you blue noses in discise

phil wardend

i said you aint seen nothing yet after liverpool win i wish i said nothing

Albert Tatlock

I think Villa are lucky that they have a few others this season who are as bad as them cos that's the only chance they may not go down- the thing is Villa have got the money to buy there way out of the drop, but I bet Harry at QPR will get in much better players for a lot less then getting ppl to Villa, there's a queue of good hungry players waiting to play for him who are just not in favour where they are, he may loan a few but that's for safety in case they do go down, without Villa spending big they have no chance, an even a big spend up I don't think you can get the rite type of players in, I think in the next month you`ll see exactly where your going - an I think its obvious for all to see