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Villa's Derby Injury Blow

Villa's Derby Injury Blow

Derby disaster number one. Villa captain Olof Mellberg has aggravated his injury in training and will not feature in the local match v West Bromwich Albion.

David O'Leary said: 'Olof has seen the physio and he doesn’t feel right just yet. It’s a blow but we’ve just got to get on with things. Olof is a big player for us and he is the captain but he doesn’t feel right to play on Sunday.'

So why not move Wilfred Bouma into the centre where he plays for Holland? Gareth Barry (if fit) could slot easily into the left back position although reports at the moment are suggesting Barry is also struggling for fitness after picking up a knock to his calf.

With Delaney still out it seems likely that Aaron Hughes will partner Liam Ridgwell at the back.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 6 2006
Time: 5:14PM

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Were they not looking to be fit all of a sudden they are now out? I really do fear for Hughes/Ridgewell combo, and thats before you even consider DLC's contribution down the right!
murph
06/04/2006 17:16:00
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Were they not looking to be fit all of a sudden they are now out? I really do fear for Hughes/Ridgewell combo, and thats before you even consider DLC's contribution down the right!
murph
06/04/2006 17:16:00
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Be ok if Ridgwell could stay on his feet, he seems to keep falling over at the moment. He really has been thrown in at the deep end this season, I still say he'll end up a good player for us, but it has been a baptism of fire.
The Fear
06/04/2006 17:52:00
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Be ok if Ridgwell could stay on his feet, he seems to keep falling over at the moment. He really has been thrown in at the deep end this season, I still say he'll end up a good player for us, but it has been a baptism of fire.
The Fear
06/04/2006 17:52:00
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I think Hughes seems to have this constant idea that he's always playing right back. Whne someone goes past him he expects someone to slot in behind to clear up. What Ridgewell thinks half the time, who knows!
murph
06/04/2006 18:21:00
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I think Hughes seems to have this constant idea that he's always playing right back. Whne someone goes past him he expects someone to slot in behind to clear up. What Ridgewell thinks half the time, who knows!
murph
06/04/2006 18:21:00
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Its not looking good is it? If I were an Albion player I'd be thinking this is a great time to go and do Villa over.
deanovilla
06/04/2006 20:09:00
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Its not looking good is it? If I were an Albion player I'd be thinking this is a great time to go and do Villa over.
deanovilla
06/04/2006 20:09:00
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So how many diasters are there going to be? I really hope Barry recovers. He's been such a key player for us this year.
Tierney
06/04/2006 21:04:00
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So how many diasters are there going to be? I really hope Barry recovers. He's been such a key player for us this year.
Tierney
06/04/2006 21:04:00
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