Villa winger relishing Chelsea challenge

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Aston Villa's rookie winger Marc Albrighton is unfazed by facing England's record-equalling left-back Ashley Cole in Saturday's clash with Chelsea at Villa Park.

Cole moved level with Kenny Sansom on 86 caps - the most won by an England full-back - during the goalless draw with Montenegro this week. It will be a big test for England Under-21 international Albrighton who has enjoyed his first extended spell of first-team football this season.

He said: "I wouldn't say it is daunting, it's exciting more than anything to play against players like Ashley Cole."

He added: "Every player in that (Chelsea) team is a world class player and, if you can play well against them, you can play well against anybody.

"Ashley Cole might be the best left-back in the world at the moment but I can't think too much about that.

"I've got to go out there and play as I would if I'm playing in a reserve game against a young left-back from the youth team.

"I've got to go and play the game, not the occasion."

Albrighton is expected to be fit to face the Blues after a slight groin strain forced him to miss the Under-21 European Championship play-off second leg clash in Romania.

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