Mark Delaney Forced To Retire
Shocking news. Wales and Villa right-back Mark Delaney has been forced to retire due to his knee injury.
I'm gutted for him, Villa were always a far superior team when he was involved, he led by example on the pitch and never failed to make the tackles when required, which his what led to his injuries, he never asked for or gave any quarter.
The 31-year-old said to the official site:
'This is a very sad day for me and this is not a decision I have taken lightly. But, having taken everything into consideration, I feel this is the right decision for myself and my family.'
Martin O'Neill also had to retire earlier and explained: 'It comes as a big shock to the system. All you've known for the previous ten years is just coming into train and trying to prepare for a Saturday playing the game you love. When that's no longer there for you, it's exceptionally difficult to take, because it is your livelihood.'
On Delaney he said: 'Mark has tried absolutely everything. He's put everything into getting back. He's been dedicated, coming in here every single day. Everything he's been asked to do, he's done. He's gone to the very best people and he's tried everything. '
Delaney had seen the same surgeon, Dr Richard Steadman, in America who fixed Martin Laursen's injured knee but to no avail.
Hopefully he'll be able to come to Villa Park to say his goodbyes to the Villa faithful. Delaney wants to stay in football and will pursue coaching options. Good luck in the future Mark.