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Defensive headache for O´Neill

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Aston Villa manager Martin O´Neill could be faced with a right-back dilemma for Saturday´s home Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland.

O´Neill has operated all season without a specialist player in that position after he sold Aaron Hughes to Fulham and Mark Delaney´s retired with a long-term knee problem.

Centre-back Olof Mellberg has fulfilled the role for most of the campaign but the Juventus-bound player is suspended against the Black Cats after his sending-off against Portsmouth for two bookable offences.

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