Football - Sylla set to miss out

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects to be without midfielder Yacouba Sylla for the Barclays Premier League opener at Arsenal.

PA Sport Report

The energetic Mali international is struggling with a twisted ankle suffered in a youth-team game earlier this week and is unlikely to have overcome it in time for the trip to north London.

Versatile midfielder Chris Herd (calf) is also highly unlikely to feature but Lambert has no other concerns unless any of his men return from international duty with new injuries.

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