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Sidwell Looking To Return Soon & Friedel Focussed

Sidwell Looking To Return Soon & Friedel Focussed

Steve Sidwell is pushing to overcome his calf strain in time for this Thursdays trip to Iceland to face FH Hafnarfjordur in the UEFA Cup second qualifying round.

Sidwell picked up the strain before the friendly v Reading last weekend but the midfielder things he is in with a chance of returning telling the official site:

'I'm getting there. Obviously I've got to take it slowly. I don't want to rush back and then crash down again. So it's important to keep it steady. I'm not the most patient of people and I'm trying to push it as quickly as I can. But I've got to be realistic and make sure I don't break down again.'



He also says this is an important part of the season with the opening game so close so he doesn't want to rush back and make the injury worse.



Meanwhile another new recruit, Brad Friedel also has his focus firmly on the trip to play 'Ican'tspellorpronouncetheirname'

'I was at the Odense game and it was tremendous to see 31,000 people turn up for an Intertoto Cup tie. I was thankful for the reception that I got at half-time. The boys did well to get through into the UEFA Cup because I know they worked really hard all through last season to finish sixth. Sixth would generally get you into the UEFA Cup automatically but this year Villa had to enter the Intertoto Cup and it would have been a shame to have been knocked out in the first round. But the players did really well and now we can hopefully look forward to a decent European campaign.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 9 2008
Time: 3:29PM

Comments

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Bring on the UEFA cup 1 more 2 more games(2 legs each) and then its the groups stages. It will be nice to win it as next year we wont have the chance because we will be playing Champions League instead ;-)
Tez86
09/08/2008 15:35:00
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Good call Tez, this season is our only chance of winning the UEFA, from thereon in we'll be in the CL. Blimey mate, those drugs really ARE good!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
09/08/2008 15:37:00
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Drugs, fullbacks and a rumour for an ace striker... it wonders for optimism!
Tez86
09/08/2008 18:12:00
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sadly not typing.... *works wonders*
Tez86
09/08/2008 18:13:00
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I hope all the squad are fit for premiership opener as any team we field against the Icelandic team should be good enough!
bellywipes
10/08/2008 14:30:00
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I think Steve Sidwell will be a very important player for us this season, and become a firm fan favourite. The injury is a blow, both to him and the club. He needn't rush back, then when he's fully fit, watch him go.
glensider
12/08/2008 20:35:00
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Pity we haven't got a game or two pre-Manchester City, to give the new look line-up a chance to play together, and get used to one another. That defence of ours looks pretty sound.
glensider
12/08/2008 20:37:00
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