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Aston Villa: Martin O'Neill has been handed an injury boost after scans revealed that that is no long-term damage to Emile Heskey's groin.

O'Neill backs Milner for World Cup squad

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Football in brief: Backlog in English transfer investigations 'will take years to clear'

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Villa forget Reo-Coker to pile more woe on Pompey

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Agbonlahor strikes out for Villa's cause

Aston Villa 2 Portsmouth 0

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Agbonlahor strike seals Villa victory over Fulham

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O'Neill aims to fill gap at Villa's heart

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