May 25, 2015 10:17:33 UK
Tim Sherwood remains hopeful that veteran Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given will be able to start Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Sherwood handed 22-year-old Jed Steer a start for Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to relegated Burnley as former Newcastle United shot-stopper Given is struggling with a groin injury.
However, Sherwood has confirmed that Brad Guzan will play at Wembley if Given fails to recover in time for Saturday’s game.
With the injury to Shay it was an opportunity to look at Jed.
Villa are 6.00 to keep a clean sheet against the Gunners and 3.75 to win the FA Cup outright.
“Shay’s a doubt,” said Sherwood. “We’re assessing him every day, I wouldn’t have played him against Burnley anyway.
“With the injury to Shay it was an opportunity to look at Jed. You don’t often get the chance to look at a young goalie and you can only really assess them on the stage and I thought Jed did all right.
“You wouldn’t want to throw Jed in at Wembley though. He’s not had much experience in a cup final. If Shay wasn’t going to make it and Brad was to get injured we’d have a problem.
“We’re not ruling Shay out yet.”
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