Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa Injury Good & Bad News Updates

Villa Injury Good & Bad News Updates

Seems to be a lot of talk on injuries lately!

On the good side of things Nigel Hokey-Cokey and Olof Mellberg are both back to full fitness and could feature in our home game v Middlesbrough next Wednesday night. NRC picked up a back injury in the draw v Arsenal and Mellberg has been nursing an ankle injury which explains his absence in recent games.

Martin O'Neill told the official site: 'Both of them have trained with no adverse reactions. Olof is now properly fit and Nigel is OK. Nigel's back seized up on him. I think it was from a fall in the first-half at Arsenal. I thought he was moving uncomfortably in the last six or seven minutes before I eventually took him off. He had some pain killers to see if that would alleviate the pain, but he was in some discomfort and I thought the best thing to do was to take him off. At the minute they're both going to be OK. Obviously we've got a couple of days to negotiate in training.'

Meanwhile Stephen O'Halloran, who returned early from his recent loan to Leeds having picked up a cruciate ligament injury says he is still hungry and will return despite the prospect of up to nine months out of the game.

Again on the official site the Republic Of Ireland international said: 'I don't really know the timescale yet, it depends on the op. It's probably going to be between six and nine months, but that's roughly what I'm looking at. One thing's for sure, I'll work hard and do everything I'm told to do so I can be back as quickly as possible.'

Adding, 'There's no point in being negative now. It's happened and it's one of those things. It's a bad injury, but these days they can fix them pretty easily and I'm going to stay positive. I'm already looking forward to getting back.'

Meanwhile another youngster, midfielder Jonathan Hogg, has picked up a bad injury after what the official site calls a 'horror tackle' in Monday's reserve game v Spurs.

The 19-year-old, according to Martin O'Neill, 'faces a long road back.'

Hogg said: 'It was a horrible challenge and my leg's a mess. But the manager has told me the club will look after me and I just have to get my head down and work hard to get back from this.'

Good luck to both Stephen and Jonathan, I'm sure you'll return fighting fit next season.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday March 8 2008
Time: 11:23AM


its pretty brutal football aint it
08/03/2008 13:10:00
I wonder who will partner Laursen and who will be right back, answers on a post to............
08/03/2008 17:02:00
so some ups and some downs but still headaches for the manager and who can play
ozanne park rangers
09/03/2008 05:08:00
Good to see that NRC in particular should be fit for Wednesday's encounter with the Boro, but sad to read of the long term injuries that have hit youngsters O'Halloran and Hogg. After going so long without serious injury concerns, it now looks as if our worst fears are starting to take shape. Speedy and complete recovery lads.
10/03/2008 01:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Ayew On Confidence

Watford goal scorer Jordan Ayew has said that confidence is key for the side if we are to turn around our form and get ourselves out of the relegation zone this season.

Youth Cup v Everton Set

This year's Youth Cup for Villa youngsters begins with a tie against Everton at Goodison Park.

Not 'The Villa Times' News 1/12/15

December 1st, a new month, and things around Villa are as icey as the weather.

U21s - Villa 2-2 Blackburn - Update

Gordon Cowans' Under 21 side played out a two all draw in last night's fixture but hark...their is mention of Libor Kozak!

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Traore17%
Sub - Gestede0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 14 9 2 3 29 16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 8
3 Man Utd 14 8 4 2 28 10
4 Arsenal 14 8 3 3 27 12
5 Spurs 14 6 7 1 25 13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 23 3
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 22 5
8 West Ham 14 6 4 4 22 4
9 Everton 14 5 6 3 21 8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 19 -1
12 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
13 WBA 14 5 3 6 18 -5
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 15 -6
15 Swansea 14 3 5 6 14 -5
16 Norwich 14 3 4 7 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 12 -10
18 AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 10 -13
19 Newcastle 14 2 4 8 10 -16
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 5 -15
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Hamilton questions Mercedes tyre strategy
Latest Vital Boxing News
AUDIO: Fury: Fame and glory won't change me
Vital Football Comment

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 2 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions35
3.The Fear15
Write for Vital Football