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O'Neill Says Delaney Could Return

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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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday January 22 2007
Time: 11:36AM

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I hope he makes it back, I may be in the minority but IMHO he was good solid player when fit
steff_the_villan
22/01/2007 11:51:00
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Never fit though is he Steff? Ludicrous if he gets another contract.
mackaavfc
22/01/2007 11:57:00
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Not ludicrous at all, pay as you play contract. I agree with Steff, he is a good solid player
BKKVILLA
22/01/2007 12:02:00
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Its a shame one of the most underrated players I've ever seen.
Pking
22/01/2007 12:05:00
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You're not in a minority Steff, I rate the bloke. yes he has had more than his share of injuries but I still think he deserves the chance of a short term contract to show O'Neill what he can do.
jonah
22/01/2007 12:25:00
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Jonah – for once I disagree with ya mate. Delaney is 30 years old, has just had an operation which is going to keep him out for 6 months and has been told by the surgeon that there is no guarantee he will be able to play top flight football again. I agree in his pomp he was a good defender however it still racks me off the way he went on about the club owing him a contract when he had missed the majority of the season a couple of years back.
mackaavfc
22/01/2007 12:59:00
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macka: I am gutted, but will probably get over it :-)
jonah
22/01/2007 13:35:00
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Jonah - i am gutted that i gutted you.
mackaavfc
22/01/2007 13:37:00
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macka I am......nah, enough is enough :-)
jonah
22/01/2007 13:40:00
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At least MON is trying to see what Delaney can offer over the next few years or so. All O'Dreary ever did was tell Delaney he'd got no future if his injuries persisted; but did nothing to get better medical attention for him. This is just another example that underlines the differences in man-management abilities between O'Neill and O'Leary.
villacross
22/01/2007 13:55:00
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