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Villa able to count on Salifou in January

Aston Villa will be able to call on new signing Moustapha Salifou in January after Togo were eliminated from the African Nations Cup reckoning.

Mali were 2-0 winners against Togo in Lome to claim a place in the finals and dash Salifou's hopes.

Salifou should finally link up with his new Villa team mates after the current international break.

The midfielder has endured a frustrating wait for work-permit problems to be resolved since Martin O'Neill made a surprise deadline day swoop for his services.

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