Yorke keeps level head

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Despite his brush with the law at the weekend Neil Ruddock hopes to be in the Liverpool line-up that will try to deny Dwight Yorke his 50th goal for Aston Villa in tonight's key Premiership game.

Ruddock was arrested by police on Sunday night - and released without charge - after his pounds 57,000 Porsche overturned, but he looks to have convinced Roy Evans, the Liverpool manager, that he should retain his place at Villa Park.

The priority will be to stop Yorke, who scored twice in a 2-1 win against Liverpool in Villa's last home League game of 1993-94 and repeated the double dose last May in a 2-0 win that helped preserve his club's Premiership place.

Villa are in the Coca-Cola Cup semi-finals and on Sunday Yorke's penalty sent them into the FA Cup last 16 - and a win would leave them level with third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand.

"Things have gone well for me and the team so far - but we are aware that we have to keep things going because we haven't won anything yet," Yorke said.

"There are a lot of important games ahead in a short space of time and we have to make sure all the good work is not thrown away."

Leeds hope that Tony Dorigo (hamstring) and Richard Jobson (thigh) will be fit to return at Nottingham Forest with David Wetherall and Paul Beesley suspended, as are Mark Ford and Lee Chapman.

Forest, unbeaten at home, lack their captain, Stuart Pearce, who is struggling with a strain suffered during England's recent get-together.

Alan Ball returns to The Dell for the first time since he left Southampton seven months ago - and the build-up has been far from smooth with his Manchester City squad changing hotels after a row.

Gordon Watson wins a recall alongside Neil Shipperley for Southampton and Mark Walters, faces his former Anfield colleague Nigel Clough, who is making his City debut.

West Ham have failed to receive work permit clearances for the Croatian defender Slaven Bilic and the Romanian Ilie Dumitrescu in time for the visit of Coventry. The Sky Blues hope that midfielder Kevin Richardson will shrug off a knee injury. Gordon Strachan and Willie Boland stand by.

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