In-form striker John Carew is sweating on his chances of being fit for Aston Villa's FA Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea.
Carew is suffering with a back injury that saw him leave Stamford Bridge in pain on Saturday following the humiliating 7-1 Premier League loss to the Blues.
That was after the Norwegian had scored an equaliser, which eventually proved to be Villa's consolation, to take his superb scoring streak to nine goals in his last eight appearances.
The problem is a recurrence of an injury that forced Carew onto the sidelines last season, and could leave the 30-year-old fighting to be fit for not only Saturday's trip to Bolton, but the Wembley date with Chelsea on April 10.
"I tried to continue, but after the break it felt like I had two knives in the side of my back," said Carew on the injury that saw him come off after 63 minutes.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, he added: "The pains can come and go, and now they seem to be back.
"I will be examined and treated in Birmingham, and the next 48 hours will determine how long I will be out."
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