Richard Dunne returns to training after two months out

Aston Villa have slid dangerously near the Premier League relegation zone during Dunne's absence

Richard Dunne could feature in Aston Villa's final two Premier League games after returning to training on Monday.

Dunne has been out of action for two months since suffering a broken collarbone in the game against Manchester City.

Villa have slid towards the relegation zone during his absence and Dunne's injury has also been a worry for the Republic of Ireland ahead of Euro 2012.

"It's good news regarding Richard," said Villa manager Alex McLeish.

"If he doesn't make the game at West Brom this weekend, he should be ready for the Tottenham match."

McLeish expects Dunne to be available for instant first team action rather than having to test out his fitness via the reserves.

"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," added McLeish.

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

The news of Dunne's return to training will be a major boost for Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni who will announce his Euro 2012 squad on Monday 7 May.