Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hopeful Ciaran Clark will be fit for Saturday's Premier League game with Liverpool.
Clark was replaced by Jores Okore two minutes before half-time during Villa's 2-1 loss at Chelsea on Wednesday after sustaining a head injury following a clash with midfielder Oscar.
However, Lambert is confident the 23-year-old defender will recovery in time for the visit of Liverpool to Villa Park at the weekend.
"Ciaran has a nasty gash on his forehead that has required some stitches," the Scot told Villa's official website.
"But hopefully he will be okay for the weekend."
Villa slipped to defeat due to a second-half Branislav Ivanovic header after Christian Benteke had cancelled out Antonio Luna's early own goal.
Despite his side's setback at Stamford Bridge, Lambert is pleased with the start to the season, having beaten Arsenal 3-1 on the opening day.
"I thought the performance on Saturday was outstanding and it was outstanding again at Chelsea," he continued.
"We are getting better and better with every game. It's a new team and a new era."
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