Aston Villa are set to miss the presence of Ashley young in the derby against Birmingham city. Young was nearly taken off by mistake when the assistant referee and the fourth official got confused by Villa’s double switch midway through the second half.
The England hopeful was wrongly summoned towards the dugout as Villa attempted to replace Barry Bannan and Robert Pires with Stiliyan Petrov and Stewart Downing. After the mix-up was rectified, Young stayed on, only to pick up his second booking and a ban which rules him out of the derby at St Andrew’s.
Villa will already be without Blues old boy Emile Heskey who is serving a three-match suspension after picking up a red card against Stoke City
Ashley Young is once again looking forward to getting back his scoring touch. Ashley Young’s astonishing close-range miss against Stoke on Monday night perhaps cost Aston Villa a chance of victory at the Britannia Stadium.
But the England winger has not found goals hard to come by against the Whites in recent times, netting four times in the last four meetings, including a sweetly-struck winner at the Reebok in April. Now, Wanderers’ chief tormentor – who has not hit the target with club or country this season – is desperate to break his duck at Villa Park this afternoon.
“I have always had a good goalscoring record against them,” Young said. “I’m not sure why, but fingers crossed that can continue. We have had some really good results against them where we have scored two, three, four goals which is great and it’s always nice when you’re able to top it off with one yourself. Let’s hope I can get on the scoresheet again this weekend, although, in all honesty, the three points is all that matters.”