Villa boss handed injury boost

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Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has been handed some positive injury news ahead of this weekend's derby against West Bromwich Albion.

Defender James Collins, who missed last weekend's defeat to Manchester City with a groin problem, returned to light training yesterday and came through a light session with the club's physio.

McLeish is hoping to get the 28-year-old Welsh international involved in full training on Thursday, and expects the centre back to be available for the visit of the Baggies.

"James is fine. He didn't train the whole session yesterday but he did the warm-up and some individual stuff with the physios," Mcleish told the official Villa website.

"We expect him to train as normal on Thursday. If James has made a quick recovery and his groin is not too bad then that's brilliant."

Jermaine Jenas will not be fit for the Midlands clash, but is set to return to action at Villa Park sooner than expected.


The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder suffered an Achilles injury after battling back to fitness at Villa Park, but early diagnosis suggests he could return within 'three or four games'.

"We have to be mindful that, having been on the treatment table a while, Jermaine will have lost a bit of fitness. To rush him back in would be sheer folly," McLeish continued.

"We will have to probably get him to a level of fitness when he comes back from the injury which is not as bad as first feared. As soon as he feels it's full steam ahead then we will step it up. I would have thought he's three or four games away yet.

"We've still got to be patient. It's a shame because we would have loved his experience to be available to us. We've told him we're all right behind him."

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