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Albrighton's niggly injury ends his season.

MARC Albrighton has kicked his last ball for Villa this season after being sidelined with a recurring thigh injury.

Albrighton missed last weekend's draw and West Brom and will not be fit for tomorrow's Spurs match or next Sunday's trip to Norwich.

Manager Alex McLeish con-firmed the winger's recovery could take up to a month.

"He's an injury problem just now, it's his thigh," he said. "It's two or three times this season he's had that. I think his season could be over.

"The doc, yesterday thought he might not make the last game. It's nothing major, it's just slightly more than a grade one thigh strain which is enough probably to keep him out for three or four weeks."

James Collins is making an encouraging recovery from a groin strain and, despite his off-the-field misbehaviour, should be fit enough to be considered for selection. "He trained yesterday," said McLeish. "It's the first time he's joined group since last Friday. He was on the bench last weekend but that was more of a calculated gamble.

"He trained well and he's got a chance of being involved but Richard Dunne and Carlos Cuellar played well last week.'' Stephen Ireland should also be available after a hip and hamstring injury.

"Stevie has had a good week in training and has looked sharp," added McLeish. "He is clear of the niggly injuries.

"We don't anticipate anyone pulling out at this stage unless something drastic happens in training today."

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Date:May 5, 2012
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