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Villa defensive injury crisis continues ahead of West Brom clash

Tim Sherwood will again have to pick a starting XI with a depleted back line.

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No matter how you look at it -- whether from importance or excitement/dread -- tomorrow's match against West Bromwich Albion is probably the most anticipated of the year. Tim Sherwood has had a couple of matches to get used to the club by now and he's got a fierce and bitter derby that will set the tone for a fierce and bitter derby in the FA Cup on Saturday.

So for the season's biggest match I hope you're ready for more of... the Matthew Lowton at left back experiment.

The defensive injury crisis continues! With Richardson and Cissokho out, it seems logical that Sherwood will go back to having Lowton play left back, though he has better options in Fabian Delph and (depending on how Nathan Baker is doing) Ciaran Clark. Lowton can be a genuine asset for his crossing ability, but as we saw on Saturday that gets lost on the left side.

If Vlaar is actually ready (and when did he get injured? He got a day off on Saturday! The man is made of porcelain, I swear) he could make a switch of Clark to LB even more likely. Elsewhere, the standard injuries to Philippe Senderos and Libor Kozak continue unabated.

With the latest news, have a look at what Jack wrote about Sherwood's best lineup for tomorrow and let us know who you think he ought to choose!