Unai Emery issues Aston Villa injury update ahead of Chelsea clash with six players ruled out

Nicolo Zaniolo remains sidelined for Aston Villa
Pain game... Nicolo Zaniolo remains sidelined for Aston Villa -Credit:Photo by Franco Arland/Getty Images

Unai Emery says he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Aston Villa's Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday night (8pm kick-off).

Villa have the opportunity to go nine points clear ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham with a victory over the Blues. Spurs will play the north London derby on Sunday and already have two games in hand on Villa, who are searching for their third consecutive league victory after wins over Arsenal and Bournemouth.

Douglas Luiz returns from suspension after he collected his 10th booking of the season in the 3-3 draw with Brentford earlier this month. Alex Moreno is currently nursing a calf injury, while Nicolo Zaniolo picked up an injury in the second leg of Villa's Europa Conference League quarter-final against Lille.

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Speaking of his side's team news, Emery said: "Buendia, Mings, Kamara and Ramsey are out. The aren’t available tomorrow Alex Moreno and Nicolo Zaniolo. The other players, I think they are going to be available."

Jacob Ramsey has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign due to a foot injury. Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia have made great strides in their rehabilitation from respective ACL injuries and should feature from the start of next season, but Boubacar Kamara is out until at least September with a knee ligament injury himself.

Chelsea head to Villa Park on the back of a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal, but Cole Palmer is fit to return to the side after overcoming illness which saw him miss the game at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Enzo Fernandez, Carney Chukwuemeka, Raheem Sterling, Malo Gusto and Levi Colwill have been ruled out.

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