Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday July 25 2006
What a crushing blow for Patrik Berger seems he has suffered yet another injury, this time a calf strain, during pre-season training. Time to admit defeat and retire?
Villa face Hull City tonight at the KC Stadium. Not sure if the Sunshine Band will be there as well, or am I showing my age?
Milan Baros is still out with the foot injury he picked up whilst on World Cup duty with the Czech Republic and Sweden captain Olof Mellberg will also sit out the game but might return for the game against Wolves on Saturday.
Martin Laursen is back in training but is not due back to match action just yet.
Caretaker boss Roy Aitken, explained: 'He's been out ten months. We've not even thought about when he might start a game. At the moment, he's just sticking to the programme given him by Dr Richard Steadman, the specialist he saw out in Colorado, alternately doing a day's training with the first team, then going back on the weights.'
Roy Aitken is looking for more of the same after Villa beat Walsall 5-0. He told the official site:
'It's definitely a step up for us and I'm sure the lads will handle that. It's a nice stadium, good atmosphere and I expect it will be a tough game. We had a tough game there in the cup last season, so we know what it will be like.'
'It's all about getting ready for next season. That's what these games are about. Of course we will enjoy the result and the performance if we get a repeat of Friday night, but the main thing is preparing and being ready for the start of the Premiership season.'
Date:Tuesday July 25 2006
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