McAllister handed injury boost

Big names looking to shake off injuries before Wigan game

Heskey: Knee problems kept him out of the West Brom clash on Saturday

Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister hopes to welcome three big names back into the fold for his side's clash with Wigan.

The Scot is hopeful that Richard Dunne, Emile Heskey and Jean Makoun will be fit for selection for the key game next Saturday.

A disappointing 2-1 loss to West Brom came as a blow to Villa's hopes of finishing in the top 10, with the in-form Baggies now lying just a single point behind the men in claret and blue.

Dunne was forced to leave the field in the second half after picking up a knock, while Heskey and Makoun were considered too marginal to be risked in the derby.

"Emile had a bit of swelling with his knee. It was stiff in and around his knee joint so, rather than risk him, he was completely left out," McAllister told the club's official site.

"We feel with two or three days' rest he will be back in contention for next weekend.

"Dunnie took a blow on his backside. It's like a dead leg.

"Jean got a knock on his thigh. We felt it was settling but over the last couple of days it was a wee bit sore so we left him out as well."

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