Aston Villa v Liverpool preview

Date published: Friday 17th April 2015 11:03

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James' Park on April 24, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

However, only the Slovakian centre-back is likely to regain his place in the starting line-up as Gerrard has played just 27 minutes of football since February 10 because of injury and a three-match ban.

Striker Daniel Sturridge is a doubt with a hip problem but fellow forward Mario Balotelli trained this week after a three-match absence through illness and injury. Jordon Ibe is cup-tied.

Boss Tim Sherwood has confirmed Shay Given will start Aston Villa’s FA Cup semi final against Liverpool.

The veteran keeper turns 39 on Monday and will face the Reds on Sunday to continue his comeback at the club.

Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair are available after hamstring problems but Ciaran Clark has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Gabby Agbonlahor remains a major doubt with a hamstring issue and Carlos Sanchez is suspended.

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