April 06, 2015 14:05:00 UK
Tim Sherwood has admitted he may have to field a patched-up Aston Villa team for Tuesday’s crunch relegation battle against QPR.
Alan Hutton picked up an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday and joins Ashley Westwood, Scott Sinclair, Tom Cleverley, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho in the Villa Park treatment room.
Sherwood is determined to make the best out of the current injury crisis but insists it is a difficult time for the club.
The weekend results have left Villa only two points clear of the bottom three and they can be backed at 4.00 to be relegated this season, while QPR are 1.25 to go down.
The QPR game is massive and our aim is to be six points ahead of them after Tuesday night.
“It’s unbelievable, I’ve never known an injury list like it,” said former Tottenham manager Sherwood. “It’s disappointing because it’s crippling us.
“Hopefully we can get a few more bodies back and that will give us a chance. The QPR game is massive and our aim is to be six points ahead of them after Tuesday night.”
Nathan Baker may have to play at left-back on Tuesday with Matt Lowton reverting to right-back in Hutton’s absence.
Villa are 2.62 to keep a clean sheet against QPR and are 9.50 to edge the Villa Park clash 2-1.
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