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Mark Delaney Fears The End

Luckless Mark Delaney admits he could well have played his last game for the Villa as his contract runs out in the summer and he has been told he will not be able to return for 4-6 months.

The 30-year-old Wales international right back (and sometimes centre back) said:

'I've had the operation and things went well. But I will be out of action for four to six months and it looks as if I've kicked my last ball for Aston Villa.'

'The surgeon (Dr Richard Steadman) has said he can't give me any guarantees about my career and said there was no guarantee that I'll be able to play at the highest level. He has done everything in his power to help me continue playing - wherever that may be. I hope I can come back and play football somewhere else.'

Adding: 'I'm just so sad that I look like not having another chance to play in front of the Villa fans, who have been fantastic towards me in all my time at the club.'

What a blow, in his seven years at the club he never gave anything less than his all and that is partly the reason he has picked up so many injuries. Whilst other players pussy footed about, Delaney would crack in with a tackle. Such a shame, especially in the latter years, his Villa career has been blighted by injuries, when he returned Christmas before last he helped halt a very alarming slide and if he'd remained fit, he'd have been a mighty fine captain for Villa.

Good luck Mark, hope you make it back.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 21 2007

Time: 12:15PM

Your Comments

Is he still here?
mackaavfc
i hope mark does make a come back, he is/was a cracking right back, very under estimated in my point of view, i hope us villa fans have chance to cheer him off at end of season, if he could make his way out to the holte, fine defender and a fine man, always worked hard, good at his job but unlucky, good luck mark
meakers
agreed, would be nice to see him do the walk with the team at the end of the season, whether he is staying or going, nice to pay our respects.
The Fear
Will always be a case of what might have been, as far as Mark is concerned.
glensider
yes, a good player for us on his day, such a pity he picked up all those injuries. Be interesting to see if MON gives him a chance when he returns, maybe a short-term contract
jonah
Oddly not injury peone either, just on the end of a series of bad tackles. Extreemly unlucky!!!
Villain Of The North
Case of what might have been, football is a business like any other and when ot comes to paying someone for not working there is little sentiment, good luck to him in the future but like so many over the years the club moves on.
col8
Good luck my ass, hes finally gunna have that transfer request he handed in (when we needed him most) whether he likes it or not. Chuck him
AussieVilla
Wonder how/if he features at all in MON's future plans? I rate the guy as a player, but this injury might just prove to be one set back too many.
glensider
 

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