Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 8 2005
Reports on the official site suggest that David O'Leary might give Villa midfielder Steven Davis a rest at the weekend.
The 20-year-old Northern Ireland international has worked hard this season and surprised a few as to how many games he has played but O'Leary is mindful of not letting the player burn out with so many fixtures coming up over Christmas (or is it Winterville these days?! Well it will be if those loopy wishey washy liberal minded softies have their way! End of rant).
O'Leary said: 'There isn't much in the way of sprucing things up after the Newcastle game. I'll have to have a look at Davo as we have been thinking of giving him a breather. I have to be careful with Steven. We've got four games in eight days which is an horrific amount, but generally speaking it will be the same team on Saturday. I'll also have to look at the height of the team.'
Have to agree with this, Davis isn't the biggest player and he is still learning. The one thing that can happen in matches against physical sides is him getting slightly muscled out of the midfield battle.
O'Leary continued: 'Bolton play in the 'land of the giants' and with Lee Hendrie and James Milner the availability of Phillips may dictate a lot what we do.'
He added about Phillips, who is now pushing to be fit: 'He's okay in terms of the fact there's no damage as such to his ankle, but I don't yet know if he'll be ready for the game. That's not something we will know until tomorrow.'
**Why not join our forum and join in the debates? Or sign up to the site and leave feedback to the stories. Once you've joined, you can submit stories and suggest polls. Go on, get Vitalled!**
Date:Thursday December 8 2005
Something For The Weekend (459) (Friday April 18 2014)
Lawro Fence Sitting - Doom Returns For Mystic Mug (Friday April 18 2014)
How Many Points Will Villa Get To End Of Season? (Friday April 18 2014)
Deeney In, Helenius Out? (Thursday April 17 2014)
Lambert Upbeat Ahead Of Saints Clash (Thursday April 17 2014)
No Fresh Injury Problems Ahead Of Southampton (Thursday April 17 2014)
Lord Mayor Charity Cup Match For Academy (Thursday April 17 2014)
Randy In Praise Of Lambert (Wednesday April 16 2014)
Villa Confirm Suspensions (Tuesday April 15 2014)
Time To Unite - The Fans Already Have (Tuesday April 15 2014)
|1.||Pride of Lions||856|
|6.||Villan Of The North||199|
|Crystal Palace||1||-||0||Aston Villa|
|Man Utd||4||-||1||Aston Villa|
|11. Crystal Palace||34||12||4||18||-14||40|
|12. West Ham||34||10||7||17||-9||37|
|13. Hull City||33||10||6||17||-6||36|
|14. Aston Villa||33||9||7||17||-14||34|
|Vital Preview: Norwich City vs. Liverpool
» Liverpool : 18/04/2014 18:49:00
|Vital Preview: Cardiff v Stoke
» Cardiff : 18/04/2014 18:04:00
|Injury Update: Defender In, Defender Out
» Arsenal : 18/04/2014 17:02:00
|Match Discussion - Hull City (a)
» Arsenal : 18/04/2014 16:55:00
|Liverpool: Reds Dominate PFA Awards Shortlists
» Liverpool : 18/04/2014 15:02:00
|Dylan Tombides - RIP
» West Ham : 18/04/2014 14:58:00
|Something For The Weekend (459)
» Aston Villa : 18/04/2014 14:52:00