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Bouma Recovering Well & Shorey Back In Contention

Looks like left-back Wilfred Bouma is doing well following his horrific ankle dislocation picked up in the game at Villa Park v Odense BK in July.

Bouma told the Express & Star: 'I am on track. I hope to be back in training this year, but I will not be ready for games.'

Villa boss Martin O'Neill said in the Daily Star 'He's coming on well. Everyone seems to be pretty pleased with him. It's a frustrating time but he's getting there.'

Sooner the better, he has been greatly missed. Such a blow as he had really come into form the season before getting better by the game. Hopefully he'll be back early in the new year to add even more quality to our options.

Meanwhile Nicky Shorey brought in for cover following Bouma's injury, has been told he will be back in from the cold having missed the last few games. Apparently O’Neill is looking to return the player - who MON admitted had yet to fully settle in at Villa Park - for the next two games v Fulham and MSK Zilina.

The Villa boss said: 'He is right in contention and he will be back playing in the next two games again. We will maybe have to make one or two changes, one way or the other.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 27 2008

Time: 10:39AM

Your Comments

I think O'Neill must have taken him out based on the standard of opposition we were facing on these last couple of weekends...their wingers in particular. I couldn't have imagined Shorey doing too well against either Walcott or Ronaldo/Nani in either of the last two games, the guy isn't exactly renowned for his speed across the ground.
Mayo_12
I can`t wait until freddies back,Shorey is good on the ball but when people are running at him he Backs off and retreats far too much.
lerneravfc
It will be good to see Freddie back in contention, but on the other hand, we certainly havent seen the best of Nicky Shorey either. The competition between the two will be good for business.
glensider
Not sure why Nicky Shorey has struggled to live up to his reputation, but you can certainly count on one hand the number of games where he has looked convincing. He'll come good though.
glensider
 

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