Ross Barkley should return as Aston Villa to host Crystal Palace

Ross Barkley is expected to be available for Aston Villa’s clash with Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

The midfielder has been out for a month with a tendon problem, but is back in training, while Ezri Konsa has also shaken off the disease.

Trezeguet is left without a thigh injury and, although Wesley has started running again, the striker will not return from a long-term knee injury until next year.

The Palace will be without former Villa Defender Gary Cahill at Villa Park.

The experienced central defender was ruled out due to a tendon injury after hitting the Liverpool champions 7-0 last weekend.

Striker Christian Benteke – another former Villa player – is returning from a one-match ban, but Wayne Hennessey (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho (both calves) and Connor Wickham (thigh) are left out.

Interim lineup of Aston Villa: Martinez, Steer, Heaton, Cash, Guilbert, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Engels, Targett, Taylor, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Barkley, Ramsey, Elmohamady, Hourihane, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Traore, Watkins.

Temporary Crystal Palace team: Guaita, Butland, Van Aanholt, Clyne, Ward, Tomkins, Dann, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Schlupp, Riedewald, McArthur, McCarthy, Townsend, Eze, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke, Batshuayi.

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