• Capital One Cup Semi
  • 22 Jan 2013
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Villa Park
Home team Score Away team

Aston Villa


Bradford City

Christian Benteke 24
Andreas Weimann 89
James Hanson 55

Aston Villa v Bradford preview

Monday 21st January 2013 12:23

Andreas Weimann: Is available after illness

Andreas Weimann: Is available after illness

Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is available after illness for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Bradford at Villa Park.

Weimann scored Villa's only goal in the 3-1 first-leg setback at the Coral Windows Stadium.

But defender Nathan Baker (hamstring) has been ruled out, midfielder Ashley Westwood is cup-tied, while Villa manager Paul Lambert will make late fitness checks on goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle).

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson could hand a debut to new signing Michael Nelson. Centre-half Nelson, 32, signed an 18-month contract at Valley Parade last week after Bradford agreed an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £30,000, with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock.

Parkinson has no new injury or suspension problems following last week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Crewe, while several players will have had chance to rest various bumps and bruises following the postponement of Saturday's league game at Port Vale.

Goalkeeper Matt Duke, defender Rory McArdle and skipper Gary Jones are expected to return to the starting line-up, while winger Kyel Reid and on-loan Newcastle defender Curtis Good are hoping to keep their places in the side.

Another defender, Stephen Darby (foot), striker James Hanson (toe) and winger Will Atkinson (stomach) were all due to face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday's game and could also return to contention as the Bantams bid to defend a 3-1 first-leg lead.



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