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ASHLEY Westwood is expected to be fit for Remi Garde's first game in charge against Manchester City on Sunday.

The midfielder was taken off in the first half feeling dazed after being caught by Moussa Dembele's elbow during Villa's defeat at Tottenham on Monday night.

Westwood was feeling the effects from the clash on the way home from London in the early hours of yesterday morning but is expected to be okay for the next encounter.

As he departed he looked distressed and caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald explained it must have been serious otherwise the former Crewe man wouldn't have come off.

Ashley Westwood leaves field "It's rare that Westy goes off.

He looked dazed but I'm not sure how bad it was,'' he said.

"I'm not sure if it's blurred eyes, I don't know the full story but he was dazed."

Gabby Agbonlahor was withdrawn at half-time with a calf injury and MacDonald added: "I want to make sure the new boss has as many players available to him as possible."

Idrissa Gana and Adama Traore were rested - but are not injured. The duo were conspicuous by their absence as bottom club Villa suffered a seventh straight Premier League loss.

MacDonald revealed the midfielder and winger were left out because they were fatigued. Asked why they were not with the group, MacDonald replied: "They were left out.

"I think Idrissa during the Swansea game looked tired.

"We rested him for the Southampton game but he hasn't had that spark that we saw in the first two or three games.

"They didn't have that sparkle in training either.

"We couldn't play people and say after 20 minutes that they look knackered."

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Date:Nov 4, 2015
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