Football - Helenius and Bowery in the frame

Nicklas Helenius and Jordan Bowery could get rare chances to press their claims for Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round clash against Sheffield United on Saturday.

The forward pair have been marginal figures this season but with Libor Kozak out for the season with a broken leg and Christian Benteke just back from a knee problem, they may be entrusted to see Villa into the next round.

Captain Ron Vlaar has suffered a recurrence of his calf problem and should be replaced by Ciaran Clark, while boss Paul Lambert will also consider other changes.

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