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Gary Cahill Villa Return Due

Gary Cahill has told Colin Tatum of the Birmingham Mail that his recovery is on course. Blimey Colin, that's got to hurt, a blue nose talking to the slayer of blue-noses??!! Still, better than being a Walsall fan I guess. ;-)

Cahill is aiming to return in October explaining 'I picked up the injury in my right knee in the second pre-season friendly. When I went down I heard a crack. I went to see the specialist initially and he said it was just bruising. I went back training and started running, and it still felt painful.'

Since then he had an exploratory operation that revealed he had torn his meniscus (as if any of us know what that means!)

'It's now been four weeks since I suffered the injury, but the surgeon wants me to keep off it for six weeks to make sure it heals. So I've got a week-and-a-half before I start running again, which means I'll be ready to play again in about three weeks' time. But it can't come soon enough. I'm desperate to play, especially considering the start we've had.'

He also says he won't rush his return this time because when he has done that previously he ended up making himself worse.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 13 2006

Time: 2:10PM

Your Comments

nightmare, put Tim in the title, then went to amend and pressed delete instead!
The Fear
What is a meniscus? There are two menisci in your knee; each rests between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). The menisci are made of tough cartilage and conform to the surfaces of the bones upon which they rest. One meniscus rests on the medial tibial plateau; this is the medial meniscus. The other meniscus rests on the lateral tibial plateau, the lateral meniscus. What does the meniscus do? These meniscus functions to distribute your body weight across the knee joint. Without the meniscus present, the weight of your body would be unevenly applied to the bones in your legs (the femur and tibia). This uneven weight distribution would cause excessive forces in specific areas of bone leading to early arthritis of knee joint. Therefore, the function of the meniscus is critical to the health of your knee. So in English its a torn cartilage
DudleyPhill
Cahill could find it difficult to break into the side if you maintain your current form.
sandgroanun
dudleyphil, i've got a pain in my lower back, whats your medical opinion?
bobbyfett
He's only a young lad, he will have plenty of oppertunity to play when we are going for a top 6 place, FA cup and Carling cup. Its a funny old game.
Donzarra
Dunno bobbyfett use google like everyone else
DudleyPhill
Potentially I think our best central defender. Definitely one for the future. Looked very much the part towards the end of last season, and once fully fit he'll definitely be challenging for a starting role.
glensider
DudleyPhill, can you go on the Newcastle site and speak to 'geordie boys'........ his head would explode:-)
Gazvilla
been doing any repetitive heavy lifting lately bobbyfett ? ;o)
ExpatVillaShirt
This boy put the biggest smile on my face last season. Glad he is on the mend
TuBBz
IMHO he will be in the england squad for the next world cup. Quality player.
tylervilla
Whilst Cahills return is great news for the squad this is my thoughts on the pairing in central defence. 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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