WARNOCK: I’M BACK FOR THE DERBY

Villa defender Stephen Warnock today declared himself fit for derby-day combat – and called for calm heads in the white-hot atmosphere which awaits on Sunday.

The left-back had emerged as a doubt for this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated Birmingham clash after soldiering through Wednesday’s win at Hull with an ankle problem.

But he has handed Martin O’Neill’s top-four hopefuls a major boost by confirming he is primed for battle.

“I’m fine, I took a couple of whacks but nothing out of the ordinary so I’m fit and ready,” said Warnock.

Villa defender Stephen Warnock today declared himself fit for derby-day combat – and called for calm heads in the white-hot atmosphere which awaits on Sunday.

The left-back had emerged as a doubt for this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated Birmingham clash after soldiering through Wednesday’s win at Hull with an ankle problem.

But he has handed Martin O’Neill’s top-four hopefuls a major boost by confirming he is primed for battle.

“I’m fine, I took a couple of whacks but nothing out of the ordinary so I’m fit and ready,” said Warnock.

“I’ve got a black eye because I got an elbow to the face and I got a kick on the ankle but it’s not a problem at all. It’s just part and parcel of the game and you’ve just got to get on with it.”

WARNOCK READY FOR DERBY MATCH

Villa defender Stephen Warnock today declared himself fit for derby-day combat – and called for calm heads in the white-hot atmosphere which awaits on Sunday.

The left-back had emerged as a doubt for this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated Birmingham clash after soldiering through Wednesday’s win at Hull with an ankle problem.

But he has handed Martin O’Neill’s top-four hopefuls a major boost by confirming he is primed for battle.

“I’m fine, I took a couple of whacks but nothing out of the ordinary so I’m fit and ready,” said Warnock.

Villa defender Stephen Warnock today declared himself fit for derby-day combat – and called for calm heads in the white-hot atmosphere which awaits on Sunday.

The left-back had emerged as a doubt for this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated Birmingham clash after soldiering through Wednesday’s win at Hull with an ankle problem.

But he has handed Martin O’Neill’s top-four hopefuls a major boost by confirming he is primed for battle.

“I’m fine, I took a couple of whacks but nothing out of the ordinary so I’m fit and ready,” said Warnock.

“I’ve got a black eye because I got an elbow to the face and I got a kick on the ankle but it’s not a problem at all. It’s just part and parcel of the game and you’ve just got to get on with it.”