Aston Villa duo James Collins and Emile Heskey are winning their battle to be fit for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Burnley.

Central defender Collins missed the 5-1 demolition of Bolton at Villa Park a fortnight ago with a groin injury and Heskey was also sidelined after suffering a back spasm in the previous game at West Ham.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill said: "James Collins is going strongly and Emile, at this minute, has got a good chance. I think that the medical side at the club are particularly pleased with their progress. I think they are on course."

O'Neill believes England Under-19 striker Nathan Delfouneso, who recently signed a two-year extension to his current contract, is now ready to challenge for a Premier League spot.

Delfouneso first made an impression last season when he scored twice in the UEFA Cup for Villa.

O'Neill said: "I have known now Nathan for some quite considerable time. He got on in the game on Saturday week (against Bolton) and he's got the utmost potential.

"I think he has got a real proper future in the game. He has got stronger too as time has gone on and he is really knocking on the door of the Premier League for us."

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