Cole test excites Albrighton

Villa winger looking forward to facing Chelsea left-back

Albrighton: Relishing challenge

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Marc Albrighton has revealed he will try not to think about Ashley Cole's reputation when he goes up against the Chelsea left-back this weekend.

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Cole is regarded as one of the best players in his position in the world and this week moved level with Kenny Sansom on 86 international caps - the most won by an England full-back.

He has been in fine form at club level this season but Albrighton is relishing the challenge of trying to help Aston Villa topple the Blues on Saturday.

The 20-year-old winger will be in direct competition with the experienced Cole but wants to play with freedom like he would against anyone else.

"I wouldn't say it is daunting, it's exciting more than anything to play against players like Ashley Cole," said Albrighton.

Forget the occasion

"Every player in that (Chelsea) team is a world class player and, if you can play well against them, you can play well against anybody.

"Ashley Cole might be the best left-back in the world at the moment but I can't think too much about that.

"I've got to go out there and play as I would if I'm playing in a reserve game against a young left-back from the youth team.

"I've got to go and play the game, not the occasion."

Albrighton is expected to be fit to face Chelsea after a slight groin strain forced him to miss the Under-21 European Championship play-off second leg clash in Romania.