Aston Villa January signing available to face Manchester United as Unai Emery provides latest team news

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Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has said Joe Gauci is available to make the squad this weekend.

The Midlands outfit are back in Premier League action with a clash against Manchester United at Villa Park as they look to bounce back from the 3-1 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup last time out.

Gauci, 23, joined Aston Villa in January from Adelaide United to compete with current number one Emi Martinez.

Emery has provided this latest team news update, as per the official website: “We have a new goalkeeper, Joe Gauci. The players who had injuries are recovering, Lucas (Digne), Pau Torres.

“Ezri Konsa and Jhon Durán are still out.

“I think all the other players will be available for Sunday.”

It remains to be seen whether defensive pair Lucas Digne and Paul Torres will be back in the squad against the Red Devils.

Aston Villa won 5-0 away at Sheffield United last weekend at Bramall Lane so will be in confident mood, despite their defeat to Chelsea in midweek.

Emery's men are sat in 4th place in the table as they eye a place in next season's Champions League. They are five points off the league leaders Liverpool.

Manchester United are eight points behind so can close the gap if they can win so it is an important match.

It is unlikely that Gauci will get much game time between now and the end of the campaign due to the form of Martinez but the Australia international will be a useful option to have.

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