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Irish defender resumed work with his club after two months out with a fractured collarbone

Richard Dunne's hopes of being ready for Euro 2012 have been given a boost after the defender returned to training with his club Aston Villa.

Dunne, who has missed the last two months of the season with a fractured collarbone, trained with his Villa team-mates and is expected to feature in the Villans' final games of the campaign.

Aston Villa manage Alex McLeish said: “It’s good news regarding Richard. If he doesn’t make the game at West Brom this weekend, he should be ready for the Tottenham match."

The former Manchester City centre half fractured his clavicle playing against his old club in February. He travelled Stateside for treatment on the injury with NFL outfit Cleveland Browns and his expected return is a welcome boost for the relegation-threatened Villans.

“With a guy like Dunnie and with what the modern-day physical trainers and medical people do, the aim is to try and get the player up to speed so he can go straight back into the side," said McLeish.

He added: "There should be plenty of preparation work for Dunnie so he can step straight back in.”

The 71-times capped defender is considered a certainty for Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad for Euro 2012 which is due to be announced in early May.

Dunne's club have experienced a dip in fortunes during his absence picking up just one league win from nine to leave them placed 15 in the table.