Martin O'Neill has admitted that he's not overly keen on letting Patrik Berger return to Portsmouth, but it seems the player may have made his mind up.
Speaking to the Express and Star, O'Neill said:
"Portsmouth have not come in for Patrik Berger - Patrik Berger has come in for Patrik Berger.
"Portsmouth have still got to make contact with me officially about wanting to take him.
"The agent has told me Portsmouth would have him, I spoke to Harry (Redknapp) and that`s true.
"But I told Harry 'let`s see` because I can`t afford to let people go that easily.
"Harry asked about me about Patrik at the Reading-Tottenham game and I said they have to do something about it, but they haven`t come back.
"He can`t go anywhere at the moment anyway because he`s injured - he trained the other day and his hamstring is still sore."
Now I'm not sure how I would feel about this, if we can command a reasonable fee would it be better to take it or risk, with his injury issues, potentially only getting one or two games from him?
His quality is not in doubt, and his ability to change games for us makes him almost invaluable at the moment, but he's pretty much permanently injured so have we got anything to lose anyway?
Aston Villa have six players away with their countries in the October international window.
Midfielder Jordan Veretout hasn't just had to adjust to life in a new country, at a new club and with a new language, there was also the small matter...
Err. The Vital Villa man of the match v Stoke City...
Manager Tim Sherwood has given his normal Monday briefing, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan has also given his thoughts as frustration reigns.
|1.||Pride of Lions||271|
|9.||LORD RON SAUNDERS||52|