UK time is: 05:44:13
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Defensive Crisis At Villa Park

Aaron Hughes hasn't given up on being fit for our home clash against Portsmouth next Saturday but has had to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad for this weeks friendly.

Hughes, who picked up a calf injury against Charlton, will be in a race to re-gain his fitness with O'Leary confirming: 'He's definitely out of the Northern Ireland squad in midweek and he's touch and go for next weekend.'

Villa face a defensive crisis as Olof Mellberg is suspended having picked up five yellow cards and Mark Delaney is out for up to three weeks with a knee injury.
Hughes told the official site 'It was disappointing to have to come off and it's disappointing to miss out on the international game. But now I'm just focussed on trying to recover in time for Saturday. The next few days will be important. I'll have a combination of treatment and rest and we'll see how the injury is later in the week.'

He isn't the only one praying for his return as Jlloyd Samuel has said he would rather not have to switch to right back to cover for Hughes - as Gareth Barry would revert to left back.

'I had to switch to right-back for the second-half and that's just a job I had to do. I don't enjoy it - I want to play left-back, because that where I learned my trade. That's where I'm happiest. But every now and then, you've got to do these things for the team and I had to at Charlton. I just had to get on with it.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 27 2006

Time: 12:30PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
does anyone else think Hughes has gone of the boil recently?
was_danrenshaw
Report Abuse
28/02/2006 19:32:00

does anyone else think Hughes has gone of the boil recently?
was_danrenshaw
Report Abuse
28/02/2006 19:32:00

Yes, I do. He's been struggling for a few games now, and certainly hasnt looked the player he was pre-Christmas.
glensider
Report Abuse
02/03/2006 04:24:00

Yes, I do. He's been struggling for a few games now, and certainly hasnt looked the player he was pre-Christmas.
glensider
Report Abuse
02/03/2006 04:24:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

U21s Host Blackburn Rovers (Monday January 26 2015)

Delph's Future Skipper Material (Monday January 26 2015)

Lambert Thrilled With Progression (Sunday January 25 2015)

Stats: Aston Villa v Bournemouth (Sunday January 25 2015)

Delph Signs New Long Term Contract (Sunday January 25 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. The Fear 1027
2. ClivetheVillan 714
3. Freeman14 653
4. Pride of Lions 596
5. Villan57 430
6. kefkat 294
7. sirdennis 294
8. CDX_EIRE 280
9. thefacehead 278
10. DeanoVilla 234

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Everton 22 5 8 9 -4 23
13. Crystal Palace 22 5 8 9 -8 23
14. WBA 22 5 7 10 -9 22
15. Aston Villa 22 5 7 10 -14 22
16. Sunderland 22 3 11 8 -14 20
17. Burnley 22 4 8 10 -15 20
18. Hull City 22 4 7 11 -10 19

Breaking League News

Carver Appointed Until The Summer
Newcastle : 26/01/2015 21:11:00
West Ham In The Cup
WBA : 26/01/2015 20:30:00
Myhill Boost For Pulis
WBA : 26/01/2015 20:27:00
Hooiveld Swaps Norwich For Millwall
Southampton : 26/01/2015 20:21:00
Swansea City Bid For French Left Back?
Swansea : 26/01/2015 20:16:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

FA - Bournemouth MotM
Suggested By:  MF
Given 6%
Hutton 3%
Okore 18%
Clark 4%
Richardson 0%
Bacuna 3%
Gil 62%
Sanchez 2%
Cleverley 0%
Benteke 0%
Weimann 2%
Sub - Westwood 0%
Sub - Grealish 0%