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Bent: Could feature for Villa

Bent: Could feature for Villa

Aston Villa will be hoping for some cup cheer when they welcome Championship outfit Ipswich Town to the Midlands on Saturday.

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Paul Lambert's side have endured a miserable festive season after failing to win any of their last four games in the Premier League, which has left them just two places above the relegation zone on 19 points.

The Villans progressed from the third round of the FA Cup last season following a 2-0 win over Hereford United but their run was halted by Arsenal in the next round with a 3-2 defeat.

And Lambert is hoping to be boosted by the return of Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Charles N'Zogbia ahead of this weekend's third-round tie at Villa Park.

Bent (hamstring), Agbonlahor (thigh) and N'Zogbia (knee) all returned to training on Friday and will be assessed by the Villa boss ahead of kick-off.

But Ashley Westwood picked up an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw at Swansea on New Year's Day and will join Ron Vlaar (calf), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Richard Dunne (knee) on the sidelines.

Posted: 04/01/13 19:35

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