Villa welcome back El Ahmadi; four Irish players in squad

Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi will return after a one-match ban for tomorrow’s home Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.

But defender Eric Lichaj will be banned after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign during the 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Fellow left-back Joe Bennett is struggling to overcome a knee injury so Enda Stevens is in contention to face Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. Striker Darren Bent is again absent with his ankle injury.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Stevens, Herd, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.

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