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O'Neill Hopes For Luck With Injuries

O'Neill Hopes For Luck With Injuries

Martin O'Neill is worried at the size of the squad with injuries mounting but is hoping that Aaron Hughes and Olof Mellberg, who collided with each other at White Hart Lane, will recover in time to play once again in London, this time against Charlton on Saturday.

'The squad has been a bit weak. I knew that in August and we were unable to do anything about it at that stage. Obviously in January we'll hope to try to do something to give these players a bit of help.'

'We could have done without the injuries to Mellberg and Hughes, but both are recovering. And I'm hoping they shouldn't be too bad - that's what the physios are saying. They weren't well enough to continue, and we'll say how they are in a couple of days. Aaron is feeling the effects of the knock - the two of them clocked into each other. I'm not exactly sure of his situation but he's sitting up and seems fine. Olof's knee is a bit swollen but he's feeling better than he did at half-time. Stiliyan had a hamstring problem and wasn't able to continue after half-time which was a shame.'

And on Chris Sutton 'Sutton had blurred vision during the game against Manchester United and it didn't clear up in time. It was better to be absolutely sure. He was complaining about it after the game and after 48 hours it wasn't clearing up enough for him to take his place.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday December 27 2006
Time: 2:18PM


Here's one hoping for a well fired up Sutton for Charlton I've been wondering for some weeks how many players on the field really were fully fit Its a problem I think O'Leary suffered badly from and now it looks like O'Neill is suffering for the same reason, or is it the same cause. When you think how near we came to relegation, thanks to no real spend last january its going to be interesting to see just how much will be spent.
27/12/2006 18:37:00
Injuries and/or suspensions were always going to play their part in hindering any progress we were attempting to achieve during the pre new year period. We have done remarkably well to sit where we do in the premiership table, and hopefully now with some new arrivals during the January transfer window, we will get our season truly back on track, and maybe even establish ourselves as a serious contender for UEFA Cup football next season.
27/12/2006 22:34:00
How much £ is available to MON?
28/12/2006 07:53:00
Hopefully with Samuel and Delaney and Laursen soon to return this won't have that big an effect on the team but we could really do with a fully-fit squad.
28/12/2006 09:31:00
So with Delaney now looking doubtfull, we need replacements all over the pitch, it is quite obvious that a lot of our players are not fully match fit, Respect to the squad for working their collective socks off for the majority of our matches, need some serious back up in Jan. SeasideEssexXile A statement regarding available funds is not going to be forthcoming, when entering into negotiations for something would you say how much you had to spend??? Rumour is that what MON wants he can have as long as he can convince them to come to Villa Park, but we shall see. Still, we are on the up. UTV
28/12/2006 16:10:00
Hopefully we are now in the final days of suffering from the small squad syndrome.
09/03/2007 06:15:00
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