Defender Set For Villa Return

Last updated : 05 September 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

The French left-back has been forced to sit out Blues' last three matches having sustained a hip & hamstring strain in the 1-0 home win against Portsmouth on 19th August.

"I'd expect Vignal to be ready for the Villa game," Blues boss Alex McLeish has said.

"I hate to make predictions, but I'd expect him to be OK.

"It's been a blow to lose him as he came in and looked the part. He's a natural leftie and gave us good balance.

"Stuart Parnaby and then Stephen Carr acquitted themselves well at left-back - Carr in particular has been exceptional - but Vignal has been a miss."