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Given targets Everton

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is close to returning after being sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury.

Villa boss Alex McLeish confirmed the Ireland international could be back in contention for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on January 14.

McLeish said: "Shay is not far away and feels he could be ready pretty soon."

He added: "He was champing at the bit over the festive period because he wanted to be involved.

"He could have a chance of being ready for the Everton game."

Given has impressed since his summer move from Manchester City on a five-year contract.

Brad Guzan has deputised for the 35-year-old in his absence.

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