Date: 6th January 2009 at 1:59pm
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Villa are waiting to hear whether Gareth Barry will be fit enough for the derby clash against the Baggies on Saturday.

Barry played no part in our recent tough win against Gillingham in the 3rd round of the FA Cup after failing a fitness test due to a groin injury he had sustained.

Unfortunately the groin strain still hasn’t cleared up, and he has been sent for further scans, the results of which will not be known for a few adys.

Speaking on the official site, Martin O’Neill said:

‘We will assess the results of the scans but the fact is Gareth is desperate to play.’

In other injury news, Luke Young missed the Gillingham clash with a tight hamstring, but O’Neill is hopeful he will be fit by the weekend.

Carlos Cuellar and Martin Laursen are both making progress and have rejoined some running work at Bodymoor Heath but it is probably unlikely that either will be back to play even a part on the bench for the Baggies match.