Aston Villa manager Martin O`Neill has refused to rule Emile Heskey out of Wednesday`s Peace Cup clash with Atlante despite seeing the England striker stretchered off against Malaga following a clash of heads.
Heskey had to be replaced just six minutes into Saturday night`s match at La Rosaleda following a collision with Malaga defender Weligton, with Marc Albrighton taking the former Liverpool hitman`s place.
"Emile is feeling a lot better. He was a bit disorientated and we felt that, having come back late and only playing a few minutes of the game, it was best to take him off and make a substitution at that stage," O`Neill told AVTV.
"But he is feeling better now. We will monitor it each day but I don`t think he would be ruled out at this stage."
Villa lost their opening Peace Cup match against Malaga 1-0 and now face an uphill struggle to progress out of the three-team Group C and into the semi-finals.
In fact, if Malaga avoid defeat against Atlante on Monday then O`Neill`s men will be out of the tournament no matter what they do against the same opponents 48 hours later.
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