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Aston Villa may be missing key player for trip to Everton

Gabby Agbonlahor may not be ready to play by Saturday's match at Everton. What impact will that have on Aston Villa?

Jan Kruger

Paul Lambert may still be without one of his first-choice attacking options for Saturday's trip to Goodison Park, as Gabby Agbonlahor isn't fully recovered from the foot injury he picked up against Liverpool yet. According to Lambert, he hasn't ruled out Agbonlahor, but he hinted that perhaps Saturday would be too early for the striker to return. There aren't any new injuries anywhere else, though, so aside from this Lambert should pretty much have his pick of the litter.

Without Gabby, Villa of course were still able to put on a stunning offensive display in their 4-3 thriller against West Bromwich Albion yesterday, so perhaps the impact won't be as big as many would think. Agbonalhor provides plenty of speed for the counterattack, but it's not absolutely necessary to hang with Everton.

That said, after the West Brom match, it might be nice to rotate a few of the players who played the full 90 minutes out, and Gabby would give Lambert a bit more flexibility there. In his press conference, Lambert mentioned that most everyone was tired when they arrived at Bodymoor Heath today, and given the miserable weather and the back-and-forth nature of the match, that's to be expected. But, if Villa have the ability to absorb an injury anywhere on the pitch, it's at striker, so this shouldn't be too big of an issue.