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Ron Vlaar could play for Aston Villa against Southampton tomorrow

Ron Vlaar could add some much-needed experience to the Aston Villa defence Credit: PA

Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar has returned to training after a seven-week absence and could play in Saturday's Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Southampton at Villa Park.

However it was confirmed this morning that striker Darren Bent will be sidelined for 10 days with the knee injury he suffered during the Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg defeat at Bradford.