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Holman's Villa debut in doubt after tough tackle from Wigan's Caldwell

Brett Holman is doubtful to make his Premier League debut with Aston Villa after suffering a leg injury on Wednesday.

The attacking midfielder was brought down by a heavy tackle from Wigan Athletic's Gary Caldwell as Australia lost 3-1 to Scotland in a friendly in Edinburgh.

Holman limped off the Easter Road pitch prior to half-time with what was later described as a 'knee and ankle injury' and could miss Villa's opener at West Ham United on Saturday which Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill feels would be a real shame.

"He (Holman) was hobbling a bit, it wasn't the best tackle for a friendly," said Neill.

"OK it was a desperate situation but we could of done without that one, he (Holman) could have especially when he wants to make an important impact at Villa.

"Maybe he won't get that chance.

"I know he was in line to play, all the reports coming out of Villa saying they're very happy with him.

"Hopefully he doesn't have to delay his debut in the Premier League."

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