Jack Grealish is expected to start for Aston Villa in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal after a string of mature performances for Tim Sherwood’s side, while goalkeeper Shay Given’s prospects of featuring have received a major boost after the Republic of Ireland veteran returned to training.

Grealish impressed in the 2-1 win over Liverpool in the semi-final last month and Sherwood is looking for a Wembley repeat from the 19-year-old.

"He has coped with the pressure up until now, when he is asked to step up he has ticked the boxes," he said.

"The bigger the stage the better he's been and there isn't any bigger stage than this one so I'm hoping he performs - otherwise we'll sell him!

"He is great, he loves playing. I don't think he gets nervous. He doesn't look the type. He's a terrific player and we're happy he's on our side.

"I think he realises it because he is around Aston Villa fans, Jack has never seen the club win a trophy.

"Even if he tries to get away from it it's impossible with his family walking around with Villa shirts on every day."

Given, who missed Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Burnley with a groin injury, is also back in the reckoning for the Wembley final.

The keeper missed Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Burnley with a groin injury but has returned to training before Saturday's Wembley showdown with Arsenal.

"He trained today so we're hopeful he'll be alright," Sherwood said.

"But the nature of this club is you can't hold your breath. We're training tomorrow so we're likely to lose two or three.

"I've not yet made my decision on the keeper. Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you then.

"If everyone's fit we could play the same team as the semi-finals."

Villa are heading to their first FA Cup final for 15 years and have not won the trophy since 1957. They beat Liverpool 2-1 in the semi-final last month and Sherwood insisted his side are not just in it for a day out.

"It's a huge occasion for everyone involved and it's a huge honour to be taking them to Wembley," he said.

"But no-one ever remembers the bridesmaids, no-one remembers who loses in a cup final."