Wayne Bridges loss could well be Gareth Barry's gain as he looks to add to his eighth international caps.
The Chelsea left-back player has been forced to withdraw from the England squad with a thigh strain. Oh dear, poor Chelsea, with Ashley Cole also out injured (and could that have happened to a nicer man?) they've more defensive woes!
Still, with those two out of the way, surely Gareth Barry must now start?
Barry said earlier in the week 'When you have been overlooked for so long and you're waiting for your chance, it's important you keep your head up and keep playing as well as you can at club level. That's what I've tried to do.
'I'm delighted for the fans as well. At every game they're singing my name for England and that means a lot. The website have backed me, even the local press have called for me to play for England for a long time, so I'm thankful to everyone in the area - especially the fans.'
Aston Villa have six players away with their countries in the October international window.
Midfielder Jordan Veretout hasn't just had to adjust to life in a new country, at a new club and with a new language, there was also the small matter...
Err. The Vital Villa man of the match v Stoke City...
Manager Tim Sherwood has given his normal Monday briefing, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan has also given his thoughts as frustration reigns.
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