Blackburn Rovers Vs Aston Villa, Sun 21 Nov 2010

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Blackburn midfielder Brett Emerton is a major doubt for the Barclays Premier League clash against Aston Villa.

The Australian suffered a hamstring injury on international duty in Egypt in midweek and will be given a late fitness test.

Emerton joins a lengthy injury list including Benjani Mwaruwari (hamstring), Vince Grella (Achilles), Keith Andrews (groin), Martin Olsson (calf) and Steven Nzonzi (hamstring).

El-Hadji Diouf should be fit after a hamstring problem while David Dunn is also in contention to start.

Manager Sam Allardyce has welcomed news of the club's takeover, but accepts he will have to spend wisely.

Indian company Venky's have completed their purchase of the Ewood Park outfit for #23million.

The poultry giant, owned by the Rao family, have bought the 99.9% shareholding of the Jack Walker Trust, which has run the club since the death of their former benefactor a decade ago.

Venky's spoke only of modest targets after the club announced they were in discussions with them last month and, although investment will be made, Allardyce expects constraints.

He said: "You've got to keep to the reality. People will go off mentioning we're after Torres or Drogba but in terms of investment, rather than huge sums of money, it will be relatively moderate.

"We will improve the squad but we will have to be diligent in our research to get the right player and spend the money wisely."

Robert Pires could make his Aston Villa debut. The former Arsenal and France midfielder, who has signed a six-month deal with Villa, has declared himself fit enough to play some part against Rovers after training with the Gunners for the past two months.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier will check on the fitness of striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (shin), midfielder Ciaran Clark (calf) and central defender Richard Dunne (knee).

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