Duo deliver fitness boost

Both Darius Vassell and Martin Laursen could be fit for the encounter at Villa Park and will be given until the last minute to prove their fitness after both lasting less than 45 minutes of the 3-2 win against Southampton on Saturday. Vassell, who was stretchered off after receiving a heavy knock on the same ankle that he fractured earlier this season, but has been able to train while awaiting the results of a scan yesterday.

Charlton currently lie tenth, a point and a place behind Villa, after a run of just one win from nine matches and will be looking to re-ignite their European dreams in Birmingham.