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Villa Boost As Hungry Player Returns

The good news just keeps on flowing at Villa Park these days.

Looks like the squad has just taken another boost as former Czech internatinal Patrik Berger has declared himself fit following months of injury woes.

He told the official site: 'I want to start on Sunday against West Ham - that's how hungry I am. The calf is fine and I feel genuinely fine. I've been training every day with the boys for the last two weeks - I can do everything now - so I'm fully-fit now, injury-wise, providing it stays as it is. I played 70 minutes of the practice game (behind closed door friendly v Lincoln) on Tuesday and felt fine. I'm pleased with the situation.'

Adding: 'I wouldn't be able to play a full game, without a doubt, and the management team are aware of that, but I can play some part. I'm ready for the first team now, but it's the staff's decision.'

Good luck to the fella, he's had awful luck over the years for such a brilliant player, even if he can only manage 20-30 mins as a sub he is another decent option for the short term.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 8 2006

Time: 3:41PM

Your Comments

i still have faith in berger, on his day he can terrorise the opposition and its another option for MON to use...he owes us a few top corrner freekicks for the past 2 seasons
son_of_cher
agreed, he won't be a 90 mins player now, but on his day he is still a quality player, just a shame his career has been spoilt so much by injuries.
The Fear
Its good to have another fit player re-joining the squad, but you have to wonder just how long it will be before he is back on the treatment table. His last 3-4 seasons have been a nightmare for him injury wise, and I personally question now whether he's still got the desire to play at the premiership level.
glensider
Hasn't made his mark yet at Villa, maybe this is the season. But still, if another long term injury comes, it should be bye bye for Berger from Villa
AussieVilla
how old is he? I think anyone his age would struggle to finish the 90 minutes. I would argue we signed him old and we needed him to be fit that season for us to get 1 good season out of him. Its a shame because on his day he was quality.
tylervilla
 

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