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A Villa v West Brom preview

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is set to feature in Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The West Midlands derby is visiting Albion's first match since the Frenchman was charged by the Football Association over his 'quenelle' celebration.

Baggies coach Pepe Mel has said Anelka has a "99 per cent" chance of playing.

Forward Stephane Sessegnon, who is undergoing groin surgery and expected to be sidelined for a month, is the only player Mel has unavailable, with defenders Gareth McAuley and Goran Popov now ready to return to action after hamstring and neck problems respectively.

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is likely to miss out as he struggles to overcome a foot injury.

The forward hurt the sole of his foot when he ended up tumbling into the stands in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in Villa's last Premier League game and has been unable to train.

Loan signing Grant Holt may be asked to take Agbonlahor's place following his move from Wigan. Defender Nathan Baker is available following concussion.