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Sunday 4 December 2016

Villa blow as Shay Given is a doubt for FA final

Shay Given is a doubt for the FA Cup final after missing Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Burnley with a groin problem
Shay Given is a doubt for the FA Cup final after missing Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Burnley with a groin problem

SHAY Given is in danger of missing out on his FA Cup dream next weekend.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood had promised to start Given in Saturday's final clash with Arsenal, which would have been the first time for Given - sub keeper for Manchester City in the 2011 final - to win a Cup medal proper.

But a groin strain kept him out of the side for the Premier League finale against Burnley and he's a major doubt for Wembley.

"Shay injured himself in training and he's doubtful for the final," Sherwood said.

"I have no idea what his chances are right now. We are assessing him each day. We are not ruling him o ut yet."

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