Given poised to come to Villa's rescue as Lambert bids to plug leaky defence
20:15 GMT, 4 January 2013
23:52 GMT, 4 January 2013
Shay Given is in line for a recall to Aston Villa’s team to face Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.
Villa have conceded 17 goals in their last four Premier League fixtures and boss Paul Lambert is deliberating whether he returns at Brad Guzan’s expense.
Lambert said: ‘Brad hasn’t been at fault for any of the goals but Shay definitely comes into my thinking for this.’
Recall Shay Given (left) could replace Brad Guzman in the Aston Villa goal
'I think it might have been harder for Brad if he was a young guy, but Brad is a top professional and really mentally strong.
'From that point of view, yes of course it hurts losing goals, but I don't think it will affect him, not knowing him the way I do.
'I certainly wouldn't put Brad out of the team for what has happened.
'I don't think it's Brad Guzan's fault for the 17 goals we've let in. If it was not for Brad Guzan, it might have been 34.'
Hands and knees: Guzan has been the only one stopping more of Villa's results from being embarrassing
Given made himself available this week to play for the Republic of Ireland again after announcing his retirement in the aftermath of the European Championships.
And Lambert believes the veteran is still playing well enough to represent his country.
He said: 'If that's Shay's thinking, then fine. For me, the way he's trained and the way he's played in the games has been excellent.
'He is no doubt good enough to come back and play for Ireland and has played well in the Capital One Cup matches.
'I'm just fortunate to have two such fine keepers available to choose from.'
Experience: Lambert will be boosted soon by the return of Bent and Agbonlahor
Lambert concedes that he would like to rest striker Christian Benteke once Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent return from injury.
Benteke has endured a heavy schedule and played in all four of Villa's games over Christmas and the new year.
Lambert said: 'I'd like to rest Christian because he's played a lot of games. He's played a lot of games for Belgium and his season with Genk had started before he joined us in August.
'But with Gabby and even Darren out injured, it has not been great. There have been a lot of injuries up front.'