Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier was recovering in hospital on Thursday after being taken ill on Wednesday night.

Press Association Sport understands that Houllier is in a comfortable condition and has already spoken on Thursday morning with Villa's chief executive Paul Faulkner.

 

But he could be kept in hospital for a few days and assistant boss Gary McAllister is likely to be in charge for Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke.

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