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Sherwood has plenty of options for Aston Villa bow

Tim Sherwood expects to have an almost fully-fit squad for his first game in charge of Aston Villa against Stoke.

Sherwood has an almost fully fit squad to pick from. Credit: PA

Nathan Baker (knee) and Philippe Senderos (calf) are out and Gabby Agbonlahor has been struggling with a hamstring problem but Scott Sinclair is pushing to start after scoring his first goal since 2012 in the FA Cup win over Leicester on Sunday.

Libor Kozak is training with the under-21 squad as the striker continues his recovery from a broken leg which has kept him out for over a year.

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Hutton, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Okore, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Sanchez, Cleverley, Bacuna, Gil, Richardson, Sinclair, Grealish, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Mark Robson joins Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa

Mark Robson has been appointed as Aston Villa's first-team coach, the Premier League club have announced.

Robson joins Sherwood at Villa Park. Credit: PA

Former Norwich coach Robson becomes the first addition to new manager Tim Sherwood's backroom staff, following the departure of Scott Marshall on Tuesday.

"Mark Robson has been named as first-team coach, while Seamus Brady joins the club as performance analyst," a statement on Villa's official website said.

Given hails 'confident' Aston Villa boss Sherwood

Shay Given says new Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood 'oozes confidence'.

The goalkeeper started his playing career at Blackburn when Sherwood was captain and knows how he operates.

Tim Sherwood arrived at Villa Park on Saturday. Credit: PA

"He's always been a leader and was always a very good skipper," Given said.

"He was the main man in the changing room. He was the go-between with the players and the manager.

"I think he's fantastic leader, a real positive person and he just oozes confidence."

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