The Villa Times - 29/07/2008
Unoial Villa News...
According to the official site Wilfred Bouma faces between four to six months out following surgery to re-set his dislocated ankle, picked up during the Odense BK game last Saturday. Villa say the operation was successful and Bouma has had a plate inserted because, as you'll all know doubt know already (cough cough) a natural consequence of dislocating his right ankle is a break at the lower end of the fibula. Full article: Wilfred Bouma's Operation A Success
Meanwhile Zat Knight said this is the second horrofic injury he has seen and explained that he just had to turn around and walk away. He was one of the guys who came over to the bench, they all looked distraught and the coaches were trying to calm them down. Very impressive that the players didn't let it affect them when it got back down to the business of winning the game, not easy to see a mate hurt himself like that! 'I turned around and I had to look the other way. I just couldn't look anymore. That is the second horror injury I have seen on a football pitch. I saw Jimmy Bullard a couple of seasons ago when I was at Fulham and it kind of turns your stomach. Sadly it is just one of those things and you just have to get on with it. In the end I hope we went out there and got a bit of justice for Freddy. I think it did make us strive to go on and do the business for him.'
The Villa v Manchester City game has been moved back 24 hours to Sunday August 17 - ko 3pm due to our involvement in Europe! Ticket details: Click Here
A re-run of the shirts to Ghana promo to remind those who have spare shirts where a good home can be found for them: Donate Villa Shirts To Spread Faith In Ghana
There are a couple of reports in our local papers with no substance and no quotes saying that Rafa - Tom-Jones-Mini-me - Benitez still wants Gareth Barry and will sell some players to fund the move that could now drag on to the end of the transfer window. Time for Villa to set a pre-season deadline me thinks?! NO WAY will we (or should we) sell him after the season starts because we'd have no chance of then replacing him.
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Tuesday's press round up of all links to Villa including Nicky Shorey from Reading, Morocco international left-back Badr El-Kaddouri from Dynamo Kiev, Real Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red and Spurs defender Younes Kaboul. Full article: Click Here
Patrik Berger has had a parting shot at Martin O'Neill. The 34-year-old former Liverpool and Portsmouth midfielder, who has returned to his home club of Sparta Prague, says that Martin O'Neill treats players like children by not talking to them face to face. This will no doubt fan the flames although now he has left, I don't suppose it particularly matters. 'I don't see any reason to change my opinion - nobody can fine me now. I just said what I thought would be best for Gareth but the manager fined and suspended me from the training ground. It was the manager's decision but I was surprised because we went through my comments in the papers in his office and I went home. But the next day I got a letter to my house saying I was banned and fined - he was not even strong enough to tell me eye-to-eye.' Full article: Click Here
We reported yesterday that Gareth Barry could be offered a compromise deal where he'd get a new four year contract but if Villa don't make the progress wanted this season, he could leave next summer: Villa To Offer A Compromise Deal To Gareth Barry?
Villa v Odense man of the match poll results: Gareth Barry (43%) Ashley Young (37%), Nigel Hokey-Cokey (8%), Stuart Taylor (7%), Bouma (2%), Sidwell (1%), Petrov (1%), Carew (1%) the others didn't register a vote.
Villa new boy Steve Sidwell says he hopes to soon be on the goal trail for Villa. 'Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm on the scoresheet for Villa. I'm getting in the positions and that's the main thing. It took me a while to get going on Saturday and it wasn't the sort of home debut I would have liked but the fans can rest assured there's a lot, lot more to come from me. I think I got into it as the game went on and as a team we had much more of a rhythm in the second-half.As the game wore on we got stronger and more into our stride. If we'd converted the chances we created in the second-half it would have been an emphatic victory. That's the main thing. We're creating chances and getting in those positions to try and score.'
Brad Friedel says there is no reason why he can't continue in the Premiership into his forties. The former Blackburn keeper who started training at Bodymoor Heath yesterday, told the official site: 'I'm 37 now but I've come here because I feel there's a lot more Premier League football left in me. I wouldn't sign a contract that I didn't think I could fulfil to the best of my ability. I know I'll be able to give Aston Villa at least three years and hopefully more on top of that. But that's down the line. I'd never sign a contract I didn't think I could fulfil. You need to have a mixture of youth and experience in the side. Every successful team has the perfect mixture and I'll definitely bring the average age of the squad up a little!'
Thought for the day: 'The best thing about dating a homeless girl is that you can drop her off anywhere!'