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Given Ready For FA Cup Final

Posted: May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is winning his fitness fight to be ready for the FA Cup final.

The keeper missed Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley with a groin injury but has returned to training before Saturday’s Wembley showdown with Arsenal.

Kieran Richardson (calf), Aly Cissokho (groin) and Jores Okore (knee) are also back in training to boost Tim Sherwood’s numbers.

The boss admitted Given was a doubt for the final but is now in contention to feature again.

He said: “He trained today so we’re hopeful he’ll be alright. But the nature of this club is you can’t hold your breath. We’re training tomorrow so we’re likely to lose two or three.

“I’ve not yet made my decision on the keeper. Come back today and I’ll tell you then.

“Kieran trained on Thursday, Cissokho is fit and Okore trained for the first time on Thursday.

“If everyone’s fit we could play the same team as the semi-finals.”

Villa is heading to its first FA Cup final for 15 years and has not won the trophy since 1957. The team beats Liverpool 2-1 in the semi-final last month and Sherwood insisted his side is not just in it for a day out.

“It’s a huge occasion for everyone involved and it’s a huge honour to be taking them to Wembley,” he said.