Samuel fit for Hammers clash

Samuel had to pull out of the England under-21's get together this week because of the complaint but is now ready to take his place in the Villa squad looking to keep their recent unbeaten run of five games going.

”I missed the England Under-21 get together this week as I was suffering from stomach problems, but I'm feeling better now and should be in contention for a place,” said the Villa full-back.

“I've got to say I'm surprised to see West Ham struggling so much this season. Samuel added on his icons website.

“They've been having similar problems to us, in that they're not performing to their potential, but at least we've been picking up points whereas they just seem to keep losing.

“They'll definitely be alright come the end of the season, though, I'm sure of that. They've got enough talent there to get them out of trouble.”

Villa (from): Enckelman, Mellberg, Johnsen, Samuel, Leonhardsen, Taylor, Hitzlsperger, Barry, Dublin, Allback, Angel, Vassell, Postma, Hendrie, Staunton,Moore, De la Cruz, Wright.