Young side selected by caretaker manager.
Aston Villa have submitted their final squad for the Premier League campaign, using just 22 of the 25-man allocation.
New rules introduced this season mean all top flight clubs must register a maximum of 25 players with the Premier League by 5pm on Wednesday following the close of the summer transfer window.
Caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has not used up the full allocation available to him, with three slots left vacant.
Changes can be made to the squad when the transfer window reopens in January.
Summer recruit Stephen Ireland – used as a makeweight in the sale of James Milner to Manchester City – is included.
Seldom used Moustapha Salifou is also named in the squad, alongside reserve team players Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Hogg and Isaiah Osbourne.
The Villa side also has a youthful look to it, with a host of players under the age of 21 available for MacDonald to call upon in addition to his 22-man ranks.
Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso, Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark and Fabian Delph have previously gained first team experience and could be given further chances to shine if required.
Villa’s 22-man squad: Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, James Collins, Carlos Cuellar, Curtis Davies, Habib Beye, Richard Dunne, Eric Lichaj, Stephen Warnock, Luke Young, Stewart Downing, Jonathan Hogg, Stephen Ireland, Isaiah Osbourne, Stiliyan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker, Moustapha Salifou, Steve Sidwell, Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Carew, Emile Heskey. (Sky Sports)
There is a definite youthful feel to the Aston Villa squad and that should be something Villa Park fans should be happy about as it suggests that a healthy proportion of the club’s youth and reserve team stars are making it to the senior side, clearly something Kevin MacDonald is responsible for during his time as reserve team boss.
Having secured two wins from three games thus far the Scottish caretaker boss may feel he has a chance of securing the job on a permanent basis but recent statements from the board seem to suggest that the club is looking for a manager with proven Premier League experience which would of course rule out MacDonald as a possible candidate.