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Lambert waits for news on Clark and El Ahmadi injuries

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is sweating on the fitness of Ciaran Clark and Karim El Ahmadi ahead of his side’s trip to Norwich.

The Republic of Ireland international and the Dutch midfielder missed Villa’s 6-1 win over Sunderland with foot and groin injuries and Lambert is still in the dark as to whether they will feature at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Scot, who was unwilling to risk either in Monday night’s win, will look to give both the maximum amount of recovery time by waiting until late in the week before deciding whether or not to consider them for selection.
“Ciaran hurt his foot in training the other day,” said Lambert.
“Karim got a groin strain the other day, too. It was too risky to play them.
“We will see how they are later in the week.”
While the win over the Black Cats did wonders for his side’s confidence and goal difference, Lambert said it’s vital his team do not rest on their laurels.
The Villa Park outfit will face a Norwich side who have won just once in eight games, but Lambert said there is still work to do before his side can be clear of relegation.
“As far as I am concerned the Sunderland game’s gone,” he said.
“You move on to the next one. You can’t live on that. You have to let that go and go on to the next one.
“We have been in this position for most of the season and the team have handled it brilliantly.
“They haven’t let their heads go down, they have kept on going and the way they are playing they don’t look like a team that are down there.”
Thu 2 May, 2013
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