Tom Cleverley (back after serving his one-match suspension/can't play for his parent club combo) and Alan Hutton (also back from a ban) are the lone bits of bright news on the Aston Villa injury report as they look to take on Swansea on Boxing Day. Ashley Westwood, Nathan Baker, Kieran Richardson and Philippe Senderos are all set to miss the match.
Added on the injury report this week though are Joe Cole and Libor Kozak. The former will face a last-minute fitness test heading into the match and may be available as a sub. Though I'd argue that if Joe Cole isn't healthy for two weeks before the match it's probably too big of a risk to play him He might injure a tooth or something on that frail body of his.
Libor Kozak is the more interesting person to hear about. After being presumed dead since he broke his leg in January, the fact that we're hearing about him at all is an encouraging sign. Perhaps we'll see him as Villa's January transfer window striker. Wouldn't that be nice?
Given all the injuries, how would you line up against Swans on Friday?