AIDEN McGEADY remains a doubt for Ireland's friendly against Greece later this month as the winger is still is aiming to win his fitness battle and work his way back into the Spartak Moscow side.
McGeady has missed the last four games for his club with an ankle injury which he picked up in the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
The former Celtic man has rejoined his team-mates in training after a period of rehab but he only has an outside chance of being fit for Spartak's league game tomorrow. Spartak also have a Champions League game away to Benfica the following week and if the Ireland man has not proved his fitness, his club may decide not to release him for the November 14th friendly against Greece in Dublin.
Meanwhile, Robbie Keane was in action for LA Galaxy last night as they came from behind to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in the MLS Play-Offs. A 73rd minute Landon Donovan penalty gave the Galaxy the win, earning them a place in the Western Conference semi-finals against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Villa also hope to have Ireland man Ciaran Clark back in action after injury, as Lambert faces a defensive crisis with only one fully fit recognised centre half. "We've got to hope one of the lads, Ciaran or Nathan Baker, is okay. Ciaran's not looking too bad at the moment," added Lambert.