Craig Gardner has withdrawn from Friday's U-21 squad after suffering a tight hamstring.
Friday's match sees Pearce's U-21 charges take on Portugal in the Group 3 qualifying game for the European Championships.
Whilst Gabby and Milner continue to push for a starting line up for the 7.45pm match at Wembley, Craig has headed home for a bit of a rest.
The move is described as 'a precautionary measure' and the official site hasn't gone over the top in suggesting he will play no part in our upcoming matches, so fingers crossed a bit of stretching will have him back as new.
And sooner rather than later.
Aston Villa have six players away with their countries in the October international window.
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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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