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Villa confirm star fit for Forest clash

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Aston Villa have confirmed on their official website that striker Scott Hogan has shaken off an ankle complaint and should be fit to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Villans will hope for a morale-boosting three points against Mark Warburton’s men and their chances of getting them have been helped by the centre forward’s availability.

Hogan limped out of the Carabao Cup clash with Middlesbrough in midweek and initially was an injury doubt for Saturday’s late kick-off against Forest.

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However, the former Brentford hitman will be available, giving Steve Bruce a decision over who should lead the line for the Midlands outfit.

While Hogan’s inclusion is good news for Villa, four men have been ruled out of the game against Forest.

Henri Lansbury will not face his former club on Saturday, as the influential midfielder is still struggling with a knee injury picked up against Boro.

Villa’s midfield will be further depleted by the absence of Mile Jedinak, who has had his injury concerns at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Australian veteran is still suffering from a groin problem and as such the Midlands outfit have confirmed that he will not play a role against Forest.

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