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Aston Villa suspensions: players 'enjoyed training session more than they have in months'

Gordon Cowans has been promoted following the suspension of two senior members of staff
Aston Villa's Gordon Cowans has been promoted following the suspension of two senior members of staff Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Aston Villa's Shay Given and Gordon Cowans have today taken part in their first training session as assistant managers - following the suspension of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa.

ITV News Central understands the players have "enjoyed training today more than they have done in several months."

The club have yet to disclose why assistant manager, Culverhouse, and head of football operations, Karsa, have been suspended.


Villa suspend two staff pending 'internal investigation'

Aston Villa FC has suspended two of its senior managerial team as an internal investigation is carried out.

Aston Villa FC manager Paul Lambert
Aston Villa FC manager Paul Lambert Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Club bosses today announced that assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa had been suspended.

Reserve team manager Gordan Cowans and goalkeeper Shay Given have been temporarily promoted to assist manager Paul Lambert and the first team coaching staff.

Defender Daniel Jones sacked from Port Vale

Port Vale FC has sacked defender Daniel Jones with immediate effect after a clash which left captain Doug Loft badly injured.

Loft will be left on the bench for rest of the season, having suffered a suspected broken cheekbone in what has been described as an "altercation" last week.

Pictures of Loft's injuries were published in The Sun today, with reports suggesting Jones' sacking was directly linked to the incident.

The club said it would not be commenting further.


Port Vale have sacked Daniel Jones after training incident that left captain Doug Loft with multiple facial injuries


Full-time result: Reading v Leicester City

Reading 1 - 1 Leicester City

Leicester City drew tonight as they travelled to Reading in the Championship.

It was the home side who got the early advantage after they scored a header from a free-kick on the quarter-hour mark.

Danny Drinkwater got Leicester's equaliser on 32 minutes.

The draw leaves the Foxes seven points ahead of second place Burnley with four games of the season remaining.


Championship football preview: Reading v Leicester City

by James Clark

Leicester City travel a hundred miles south tonight to face eighth place Reading.

Both sides are turning up the heat - Leicester, for the number one spot, and Reading, for a play-off position.

Leicester City celebrate promotion to the Premier League Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

It may not be the easiest of matches for recently-promoted Leicester. They were thrashed 4-1 by Brighton in their last Championship match against Brighton - their first defeat in 22 league matches.

Reading have won five of the last six encounters with Leicester. However, Nigel Pearson's side won the reverse fixture in December 1-0 thanks to a penalty from David Nugent, so tonight's meeting has all the ingredients for an entertaining game.

David Nugent scores from the spot in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

The match kicks-off seven minutes late (20:07), to mark 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster.

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