Martin O'Neill has responded to Mark Delaney's fears that he might have played his last game for the Villa. Mark Delaney Fears The End
O'Neill said of the Wales international who is currently recovering from a knee operation: 'I will not rule him out at Villa. I will wait for mark to get back and will see the prognosis and see how things are. I have absolutely no intention now of ruling anything out at all. Could we offer him a short-term deal? There are all sorts of options open to us, absolutely.'
Adding: 'He had about three alternatives I think. One was to go in and have a look at it, one was to do an operation and one was to know he was on borrowed time. The advice he was given was to go in and have a look and I think they were pleasantly surprised at the posterior ligament, which they thought was holding it together. Then knee was loose, simple as that. Whatever happens he will be out for a few months. But this thing will give him a chance to get back and play.'
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