Villa waiting on trio

Aston Villa are hopeful Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak and Carlos Sanchez could be fit to face Everton but Jordan Ayew is available.

Aston Villa: Villa waiting on trioAston Villa: Villa waiting on trio

Ayew has served a three-match suspension and his return boosts manager Remi Garde’s striking options.

The Ghana international will compete with Gabby Agbonlahor and Rudy Gestede, who both came through the weekend game at Stoke unscathed, for a place in the starting line-up.

Meanwhile, Garde will hope that a trio of players can prove their fitness ahead of Tuesday’s game, with Grealish still struggling to shake off the ankle problem he picked up against Manchester City in the FA Cup last month.

Striker Kozak also has an ankle injury, while Sanchez is working his way back after picking up a hamstring problem in February.

Meanwhile, Jordan Amavi (knee) and Adama Traore (foot) will definitely miss what Garde has described as an incredibly important game for his side.

“Picking up the three points would be vital for us,” said Garde. “Saying that, we know that Everton is a very good side – a very dangerous team with many qualities up front to score goals.

“We will need the perfect game defensively and then we will need to be more threatening offensively.”

Provisional squad: Bunn, Guzan, Bacuna, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Clark, Okore, Cissokho, Richardson, Westwood, Davis, Gana, Lyden, Gil, Veretout, Sinclair, Ayew, Gestede, Agbonlahor.

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