Aston Villa v Stoke preview

Nathan Baker (knee) and Philippe Senderos (calf) are out and Gabby Agbonlahor has been struggling with a hamstring problem but Scott Sinclair is pushing to start after scoring his first goal since 2012 in the FA Cup win over Leicester on Sunday.

Libor Kozak is training with the under-21 squad as the striker continues his recovery from a broken leg which has kept him out for over a year.

Ryan Shawcross remains out with a back problem ahead of Stoke’s trip to Aston Villa.

The defender has had injections and is improving but will not be fit and is joined on the sidelines by the suspended Geoff Cameron after his dismissal at Blackburn in the FA Cup last week.

Jonathan Walters (knee), Erik Pieters (hernia), Marc Wilson (groin) and Stephen Ireland (hamstring) have all returned to training this week to hand boss Mark Hughes a boost but Bojan (knee) is out long-term.

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