Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is close to returning after being sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury.

Villa boss Alex McLeish confirmed the Republic of Ireland international could be back in contention for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on January 14.

McLeish said: "Shay is not far away and feels he could be ready pretty soon."

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