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Sid To Get Well For Pompey

Steve Sidwell is hoping to be in contention for the upcoming clash against fellow UEFA hopefuls Portsmouth.

Sid has definitely not really been well since joining the club from Chelsea, spending most of the time on the injury table. However, he stepped up his comeback yesterday in a behind closed doors reserve friendly against Leicester City and has now picked out October 18 as a potential first team return date.

Incidently, the friendly finished 2-2.

Speaking on the official site Sidwell is raring to go and is hopeful he can now start his Villa career properly.

'I've had a game now and I'll carry on training throughout the week and then maybe play a few reserve games.

'There's fitness there to recover so if it goes well hopefully I will be in the manager's thoughts for the Portsmouth game.

'But saying that, the lads have been doing terrific - not just in the midfield but everywhere - so it's going to be tough to get in there. I will just have to bide my time and get on with it.

'It's been a real frustrating time. It couldn't have happened at a worse moment - coming to a new club and obviously trying to impress in the early stages.

'But it has happened, I've been mentally strong and I'm back now. I feel fine and fully fit and I am really looking forward to getting out there and getting amongst it.

'We couldn't really pinpoint what the problem was. It was basically a bit of bone bruising. I just had to wait for it to settle down.

'We thought at first it would go but then it kept reoccurring. But that's gone now.

'I've never had injuries before, that's what has been doubly frustrating. It's been hard mentally but I've been strong enough to deal with it.'

With the resurgent form of Petrov and NRC playing out of skin, Sidwell will find it difficult to get back in the squad. But if nothing else with the current midfielders knowing he is just waiting for his chance, at least we will benefit from the competition aspects.

If we can get our hands on the fit Sidwell who destroyed us whilst playing for Reading, the slow start to his Villa career will have been worth the wait.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 8 2008

Time: 2:08PM

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We at Pompey were linked with Sid 3-4 years ago whilst doing well at Reading. Of course it never happened. Chelsea was always a SWP type move but I think he is a good player. Hopefully not too good when we play.
storagematt
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08/10/2008 17:31:00

If fit would only be on the bench, well he didn't make the bench that often at Chelsea.
pompeyyong
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08/10/2008 20:24:00

whats up guys ! jealous he joined a big club !
B6_COMPANY
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08/10/2008 22:18:00

I doubt he will start the only change I am expecting to the starting 11 would be Cuellar in for Davies. Although I wont be surprised if NRC starts at Right Back to accomodate Milner on the wing.
young_jonah
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09/10/2008 10:29:00

B6 just saying I don't think he would make your first 11, but then again would not make ours either, big club ha!ha! come on your sounding like a bitter barcodes or spuds fan now.
pompeyyong
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09/10/2008 21:58:00

Looking forward very much to finally seeing Steve Sidwell in premiership action. I think that he has a lot to offer this Villa team, and will soon become a firm favourite amongst the supporters.
glensider
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05/11/2008 10:26:00

Hopefully NRC doesn't get the nod at right full back young_jonah, because NRC is very definitely not a full back. It might work for 15-20 minutes to accomodate substitutions, but as a ninety minute thing, no way.
glensider
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