Ireland’s Clark to play despite head wound

Updated: April 16, 2012

With Aston Villa still needing at least one more win to ensure Premier League survival; they have received a boost with news that Ciaran Clark will be fit to face Sunderland on Saturday, despite receiving a head wound during Sunday’s 4-0 thumping at Old Trafford.

Having returned following an eight match absence; Clark received a nasty head wound in a collision with Patrice Evra and though willing to continue, it soon became obvious that the Irish international was too groggy to play on.

Villa manager Alex McLeish speaking about Clark’s fitness stated:

“Ciaran took a head knock but I don’t believe there was concussion.  He has had stitches but he should be okay.  Hopefully he is able to train this week and we will try to sharpen him up.”

Despite the heavy weekend defeat; teams in and around the midlands club also lost meaning that the Claret and  Blues still have a healthy six point gap between themselves and the drop zone.  They face Bolton immediately after Sunderland however and should Villa lose both games, the gap to the bottom three could be just three points so the Birmingham club will be looking to get the required remaining points on the board as quickly as possible.

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