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Martin Laursen - Knee Feeling Good

Martin Laursen has explained he only found out he was set to make his Premiership return an hour before the kick off against West Ham on Sunday.

The Danish international who has fought back from a career threatening knee injury told the official site:

'The gaffer told me I was starting about one hour before the game. But that was no problem for me. I always prepare for that chance. Because Aaron Hughes was out, I knew there was a better possibility for me to start. So I was just pleased when he told me that I was going to play. It was the end of a long year for me. I felt ready and I was pleased to get the chance to start a game again.'

Laursen, who showed no ill effects and certainly wasn't afraid to get stuck in with his tackling added:
'I'm pleased with my performance. To play against West Ham on September 10 was something I didn't expect. I couldn't be more pleased. I didn't expect to be here this early, so I'm just happy at how things are going for me. My form was good and I didn't feel I had any problems with the knee. My overall physical shape was good, so I'm happy. I came back for a good game, because West Ham have a lot of dangerous players. You're always up against good strikers in the Premiership and to be up against Tevez was challenging.'

'My knee feels good now. I can train regularly with the rest of the squad and I only have a few different things I have to do. But the most important thing is that I'm fit and can play for 90 minutes. If I have to do some different things in training during the week, OK. The gaffer is very understanding about my situation, so that's great.'

Hats off the to the fella, many would have given up after the awful run of injuries he has had in recent seasons for us and AC Milan.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 12 2006

Time: 4:11PM

Your Comments

He certainly looked good yesterday but I'm still a bit sceptical. I really hope that he's still in the side in 6 months.
ooahPaulMcGrath
With his track record of injuries, scepticism is probably healthy. Bless him for not giving up, though, he must want to play. He did look good though. Hope to see more of the same all season long.
The Usual Suspect
Having seen him at Charlton prior to his injury, I have to say I had been far from impressed, and I know Sunday was only one match back but I have to admit to being very impressed. He appeared to have a lot more to his game than being a big uncomprimising centre half. I hope all goes well for him because if it does it augers well for Villa
fatloser
The biggest compliment you could pay him is that he didn't look as if he'd ever been away. Just another plus in this past two months or so of amazing high's.
glensider
A great bonus for you to have ML back so early in the season.
sandgroanun
Why are people sceptical? He has benefited from the latest technological advancements in knee surgery - Shearer came back successfully and Paul MacGrath played with pain killers and a few pints and he was GOD - So give the guy a break (metaphorically speaking)
myleftfoot
Yeah I must say that I thought he wouldnt be able to bounce back from this one but he was awesome against West Ham, and its only his first game back. I just hope he still takes it easy and doesnt injure himself again, but after a performance like that id say hes back at 100
AussieVilla
I think it's fantastic he's back but hold your horses here. Until he plays 10 Premiership games in a row without any reaction I don't think any of us can say he's back 100%
lagerchimp
For those who think that Laursen is just a big stopper, you are so very wrong. If he plays he gives the team so much more. He reads the game. He gives us ariel strength. He nearly always plays the ball forward to feet with pace, unlike a lot of centre halfs who tend to 'lump' the ball forward. He also has the ability to contribute 4 or 5 goals a season. I do not think it was a coincidence that we were such a threat from free kicks on Sunday. Any team trying to mark Mellberg, Angel, Ridgewell and Laursen, with two sniffers around in Moore and Gabbi (it's easier than spelling Agbonlahor) will have problems. However I have said it before, the best central defensive partnerships work together as a team. Ridgewell is the only left sided central defender at the club. So although he may not be the best (though that is a matter of opinion) he has to be part of any partnership. Cahill, Mellberg and Laursen are all naturally right sided. It is not simply a case of saying Laursen and Mellberg are the best individuals so they must play together. In the same way that Gerrard and Lampard can not work together in central midfield despite probably being the best individuals for the role. I am unsure of how best to fit everybody in when fit, but that is a problem that M'ON gets 2 million a year to work out and is a problem that our club has not had for years. When all are fit we have two reasonable players for every position. Happy days so buy your season tickets.
voiceoftheholte
 

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