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Christian Benteke is set to return for Aston Villa's crunch relegation clash with Sunderland.
The striker missed the weekend's 2-0 FA Cup quarter final win over West Brom with a hip injury but will be in the squad for the trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Villa are a place above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and a point behind the Black Cats ahead of the game with Benteke looking to return.
Boss Tim Sherwood said: "He's still feeling it. He'll be in the squad, we'll give him as much time as we can to get him fit, but we changed it around and the boys came in did well.
"We're not always looking for one guy. It's a team effort, we have to attack together and defend together. There is no onus on one person to score the goals.
"I don't think Christian feels the pressure, it doesn't look like it.
"All I need to know is when he'll be back fit and he's got an opportunity to be fit for this weekend."
The Football Association has contacted Aston Villa and West Brom to "request their observations to the disturbing crowd incidents which occurred during and after their FA Cup quarter-final tie" on Saturday.
West Midlands Police have made 17 arrests related to Aston Villa's FA Cup win over West Brom on Saturday night.
Seats were thrown from the Albion section and Villa supporters invaded the pitch twice as Tim Sherwood's men beat the Baggies 2-0 on Saturday to reach the semi finals.
The Football Association is poised to start its own investigation into the problems which marred Villa's win, which the police will support.
And the police have also launched their own probe into a pre-match disturbance at the Witton Arms, close to Villa Park.
"We carried out a large policing operation for the FA Cup yesterday evening (March 7) to ensure supporters could enjoy the game in a safe environment," Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson from West Midlands Police said in a statement.
"During the course of the operation 17 men were arrested for various public order offences. An investigation has been launched to identify people involved in a disturbance before the match at the Witton Arms pub.
"Anyone who saw what happened should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
"We will also be supporting the Football Association to identify people involved in pitch invasions that happened at the end of the match."
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Aston Villa has apologised to West Bromwich Albion after a pitch invasion by fans during their FA Cup win.Read the full story ›
Aston Villa have issued a statement on today's pitch invasion after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Villa Park to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
The club does not condone supporters invading the field of play under any circumstances.
We are very disappointed that what should have been a very memorable and proud moment for our fans was marred by the actions of those who could not control themselves.
They have let both themselves and their club down.
The club extends its sincere apologies to the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players.
There are reports that Villa goalscorer Fabian Delph was bitten by fans during the pitch invasion, following today's FA Cup clash against West Bromwich Albion.
Fabian Delph says he was being bitten on the pitch at the end by 'over excited' fans.
According to the Telegraph, Delph said:
"My armband got nicked, someone got my left boot, but I could appreciate the relief the fans are feeling after a result like that. It was dangerous. Someone tried to take my boot off. People tried to kiss me and were biting me. It was scary."