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Aston Villa praying for positive injury news ahead of huge semi-final

Unai Emery is hoping for a triple fitness boost for Thursday’s semi-final showdown with Olympiacos after Morgan Rogers became Villa’s latest injury victim.

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The attacker was forced out of yesterday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton with a muscle injury and is now a doubt for the Europa Conference League semi-final second leg in Greece. But Emi Martinez, Youri Tielemans and Nicolo Zaniolo could be back as Villa look to overturn a 4-2 first leg deficit.

Zaniolo travelled to the south coast for yesterday’s match but was kept out as a precaution after experiencing a “small pain” after making his return from injury in midweek.