Houllier waits on Dunne

Houllier waits on Dunne

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier will check on the fitness of central defender Richard Dunne before finalising his side for tomorrow’s home Carling Cup clash with Blackburn.

Dunne had to be substituted at half-time during the weekend draw with visiting Bolton with a knee problem.

If he is ruled out, then Carlos Cuellar is a strong candidate to replace the former Manchester City player.

Winger Stewart Downing suffered a gashed shin against Bolton but is expected to be fit.

Villa reached the final of the competition last season and knocked Blackburn out of the FA Cup and Carling Cup.

Provisional squad: Friedel, Guzan, Luke Young, Dunne, Cuellar, Davies, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Petrov, Ireland, Reo-Coker, Downing, Ashley Young, Carew, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Clark, Bannan.

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