Villa were today sweating on Andi Weimann’s fitness as Paul Lambert dismissed fears over their goal drought.
The striker suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at West Ham with the club waiting to discover the extent.
It added to Villa’s goal woes with Weimann the last man to score – the winner in the 3-2 win over Manchester City in September – 375 minutes ago.
Lambert said: “It looks like a hamstring at the minute. I don’t know how severe it is. The thing is we’ve got one more game then we get a break so hopefully the break helps him.”
But despite drawing a blank in four straight outings Lambert backed his side to end the drought. West Ham bossed most of the game on Saturday but Villa created the best chances when Christian Benteke hit the bar and forced Jussi Jaaskelainen into a late save.
“I’ve got no worries about us taking chances,” said Lambert.
“I can’t be too hard. We’re creating chances. I’d be sitting worried if we weren’t creating them, but Christian Benteke’s always been a threat, so has Andi Weimann.
“I think we had the three best chances of the game and on another day they go in.
“There was Andi’s in the first half when the goalkeeper’s made a good save and then Christian’s header and shot.
“This is a difficult place to come at the best of times.”