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Westwood out for up to four weeks

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood has been ruled out for up to four weeks with medial ligament damage, the Premier League club have announced.

The 24-year-old was stretchered off during Sunday's 2-1 win over Leicester following a strong tackle by Jamie Vardy.

Villa were confident the injury was not as bad as first feared but the former Crewe player will still miss up to five games, starting with Saturday's derby at West Brom.

Westwood has been a key man for Villa manager Paul Lambert since signing from Crewe in 2012 and set up Ciaran Clark's equaliser against the Foxes.

He adds to a lengthy injury list and joins defenders Nathan Baker (knee) and Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos (both calf) on the sidelines while striker Libor Kozak is still recovering from a broken leg,

Fabian Delph has returned to training following a dislocated shoulder to temper the Westwood news but Villa are still stretched at the back.

Manchester United loanee Tom Cleverley also came off against Leicester with a bruised foot and is a doubt for the trip to The Hawthorns.

Meanwhile, Leicester full-back Paul Konchesky's red card against Villa has been rescinded.

The 33-year-old was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson following a clash with Villa defender Alan Hutton.

A Football Association statement read: "Leicester City's Paul Konchesky, who was dismissed for violent conduct in the game against Aston Villa on December 7, 2014 will not serve a suspension after a claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today."


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