Painter missing for Villa cup trip

Goalkeeper Michel Kuipers suffered a knock towards the end of last week's victory at Walsall but the former Dutch marine has been passed fit.

Boss Gus Poyet, a cup winner with Chelsea in 2000, therefore has no new injury worries with defenders Adam El-Abd and Colin Hawkins the only absentees.

El-Abd has begun running after a foot injury and will step up his training next week, but Hawkins is set to go under the knife in a bid to clear up his long-term heel problem.

Source: Team Talk