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Villa set to be missing four players from opener at Bournemouth

It wouldn't be Aston Villa if we didn't start the season with a few injuries.

Aston Villa will begin their 2015-16 Premier League season missing a few players when they travel to Bournemouth on Saturday. Both Jack Grealish and Carles Gil, though not severely injured, look set to be absent from this weekend's match. Gil has a knock leftover from the Swindon friendly and Grealish is still working out a hamstring issue. He has played in a friendly, though, so expect him back soon.

Elsewhere, Jores Okore will indeed still be out, but initial estimates had him returning by early September. The only other issues that Villa will face come from players who spent the summer on international duty. Brad Guzan only had one week off, but looks set to return right away, with Tim Sherwood saying that he plans to get the keeper back is as quickly as possible.

Carlos Sanchez, on the other hand, may have to wait a week. Sherwood said that the Colombian will "need more training to blend himself into the squad." He was given a month off after participating in the Copa America this summer and having, effectively, played for two years without a break. There are no lingering health issues, just merely a matter of getting back to match fitness after the break Sherwood gave him.

The injury situation and a little guesswork makes it very likely that Villa will field a starting XI with, at most, two players who started in the FA Cup final against Arsenal. Alan Hutton seems to have a lock on the right back position for now, and Ashley Westwood has performed well enough in preseason to earn a starting place. Aside from that, the only other players who could even possibly appear are Kieran Richardson and Charles N'Zogbia, and neither look set for a start. What a turnaround that is.