Villa ace joins injury list

Aston Villa

Paul Lambert is sweating on the full extent of the ankle injury Ashley Westwood suffered in the 2-2 New Year's Day draw at Swansea.

The Villa boss is already trying to cope with a horrendous injury list as Richard Dunne has been absent all season, while fellow central defender Ron Vlaar has missed the last seven games.

Charles N’Zogbia, Darren Bent and Gabby Agbonlahor have also been missing for the past few weeks along with several others so the loss of influential midfielder Westwood is the last thing Lambert needs at this moment in time.

The summer signing from Crewe limped off with nine minutes remaining at the Liberty Stadium following a crunching challenge by Michu and, following an examination by the Villa medical staff on Wednesday, Lambert admitted he is concerned ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie with Ipswich on Saturday.

“He’s hobbling about and it will be a blow if he’s out because we have too many injured,” said Lambert in the Birmingham Mail.