Aston Villa v Sunderland preview

Agbonlahor was cleared to play at Swansea on Boxing Day after being sent off against Manchester United but, having had the first red card of his career rescinded, the striker then picked up a fifth booking of the season in Villa’s 1-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium.

Kieran Richardson must serve the final game of a three-match ban and Ashley Westwood (knee), Philippe Senderos (thigh), Nathan Baker (knee), Libor Kozak (leg) and Joe Cole (hamstring) all remain out.

Connor Wickham will return to the Sunderland squad as the Black Cats attempt to shake off the disappointment of Boxing Day defeat.

The 21-year-old striker missed Friday’s 3-1 home reverse at the hands of Hull through suspension as a result of his fifth booking of the campaign, but is available once again for the game at Villa Park.

Full-back Billy Jones and midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini suffered no adverse reaction to their exertions against the Tigers, but left-backs Anthony Reveillere (calf) and Patrick van Aanholt (dislocated shoulder) remain on the sidelines.

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