Sherwood curses injury luck

The Villans welcome their relegation rivals to Villa Park knowing that defeat could see them swap places with the Rs and drop into the relegation zone – and Sherwood has Philippe Senderos, Libor Kozak,??Alan Hutton, Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair ruled out with Tom Cleverley,??Aly Cissokho and Kieran Richardson major doubts.

Sherwood said ahead of the game: “I’ve never seen an injury crisis like it. I never thought I’d be one of those managers who moans about injuries but I have to,” he said, with Villa 17th, three points ahead of QPR but with an inferior goal difference.

“You get one back and lose another two. They’re not trivial injuries, they’re??always two, three, four weeks. It’s okay in September but not now. That’s pretty??much writing off the season.

“It’s something you have to get on with and hopefully there’s light at the end??of the tunnel.

“It’s a case of seeing who can come in. A few are back from injury, medically,??but physically, it’s a need-must situation. Some of them will be risked.”

On his Rangers counterpart Chris Ramsey, who he worked with as a coach at Tottenham, Sherwood joked: “I haven’t spoke to him for a while. I keep red buttoning him.

“Our relationship has not changed. I hope he does well. I respect Chris as a coach and a manager.

“For someone to put his head on the block like he has, good luck to him – not??tomorrow though. I hope we both survive.

“Chris has done a good job. It’s??impossible to judge someone who has come in with 15 games left, with someone??else’s players, with no pre-season and asked to turn it around. Give the boy a??break.”