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Laursen Targets Mid-Sept Return

Looks like Martin Laursen could well be on the comeback trail. Wonder what odds you'd get for whether Doug Ellis or David O'Leary will be the first to say that his return is like a new signing?!

The defender is looking to return for pre-season training in July after sitting out the whole of this season barring one game and a large portion of the season before.

The Denmark international, who moved from AC Milan in May 2004 for 3million but has since only managed 13 games, underwent knee surgery under the instructions of renowned American knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman.

Laursen told the official site: 'It has been very hard for me. That's why I decided, together with Aston Villa, to go away and concentrate on my fitness work, my gym work and my pool work. I've concentrated on one thing, but obviously it is very hard for me not to play football. I have to accept that I've had a very bad knee problem and major surgery on it. But I'm very positive. From day one, everyone has been very positive about my knee. So I'm positive about things.'

Adding: 'I want to be back playing at the very top level and I am young enough to do that. I still have a lot to prove at Aston Villa and I owe a lot to the manager and to the chairman.'

He also says that his target for a first team return is mid-September.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 3 2006

Time: 11:42AM

Your Comments

Some good news at last.
The Fear
He'll be like a new signing..so we wont sign another centre half and then a couple of games in he'll break down again and we'll be definately signing a centre half in the next transfer window...same old same old.
Aronno7
Some good news at last.
The Fear
He'll be like a new signing..so we wont sign another centre half and then a couple of games in he'll break down again and we'll be definately signing a centre half in the next transfer window...same old same old.
Aronno7
Having said that I do really hope he can stay fit because he could be a big player for us.
Aronno7
Having said that I do really hope he can stay fit because he could be a big player for us.
Aronno7
I wish him all the best but somehow I'll believe it when I see it.
Beovilla
I wish him all the best but somehow I'll believe it when I see it.
Beovilla
I cant even be bothered to contemplate him returning anymore. It'll all end in tears. Is Laursen really bothered anymore? He's had 2 years of 30k a week for doing feck all. Sounds alright to me.
DeanoVilla
I cant even be bothered to contemplate him returning anymore. It'll all end in tears. Is Laursen really bothered anymore? He's had 2 years of 30k a week for doing feck all. Sounds alright to me.
DeanoVilla
I hope he returns to some decent form as he has impressed me from what I've seen when he has been fit!
Tierney
I hope he returns to some decent form as he has impressed me from what I've seen when he has been fit!
Tierney
You cant help but wonder just what sort of a difference a fully fit (does such a species exist?) Martin Laursen would have made to our team this season. Hopefully he is on the comeback trail, and doesnt experience any set backs. He's still got a long, hard road to travel, and a lot of people to convince, probably even himself, that he can still cut it at the very top level. Good luck to him.
glensider
You cant help but wonder just what sort of a difference a fully fit (does such a species exist?) Martin Laursen would have made to our team this season. Hopefully he is on the comeback trail, and doesnt experience any set backs. He's still got a long, hard road to travel, and a lot of people to convince, probably even himself, that he can still cut it at the very top level. Good luck to him.
glensider
He will have a relapse during pre-season then quickly fade in to retirement. His injury is to serious to return to the standard of a premiership player. Saying that I hope I'm wrong because lets face facts a three legged donkey with learning difficulties would be an improvement on Ridgewell.
still skeggy
He will have a relapse during pre-season then quickly fade in to retirement. His injury is to serious to return to the standard of a premiership player. Saying that I hope I'm wrong because lets face facts a three legged donkey with learning difficulties would be an improvement on Ridgewell.
still skeggy
Who knows what this surgery will have done. With a bit of luck if he comes back we can give Ridgewell a little bit of a rest!
murph
Who knows what this surgery will have done. With a bit of luck if he comes back we can give Ridgewell a little bit of a rest!
murph
Worrying thing is I think he was injury prone at Milan as well, these injuries start to really take hold of a body, look at Delaney, could be a great player for us (is when he plays) but he picks up all sorts of knocks. Part of it is the fact he is full bloodied and tackles, but some players seem to pick up these things easier than others or react to them worse.
The Fear
Worrying thing is I think he was injury prone at Milan as well, these injuries start to really take hold of a body, look at Delaney, could be a great player for us (is when he plays) but he picks up all sorts of knocks. Part of it is the fact he is full bloodied and tackles, but some players seem to pick up these things easier than others or react to them worse.
The Fear
It all combines to make you scratch your head and wonder just how he was able to pass the thorough medical examination that he was obviously subjected to, prior to putting pen to paper on the deal that brought him over from Milan. There had to have been serious signs in evidence to suggest that all was not completely well, and that serious problems in all probability lay ahead.
glensider
It all combines to make you scratch your head and wonder just how he was able to pass the thorough medical examination that he was obviously subjected to, prior to putting pen to paper on the deal that brought him over from Milan. There had to have been serious signs in evidence to suggest that all was not completely well, and that serious problems in all probability lay ahead.
glensider
 

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