The Villa Times - 07/01/2009
Unoial Villa News...
Former Villa, Newcastle and West Ham midfielder Nobby Solano is leaving English football and is set to sign for Universitario back in his homeland. Full article on Vital Newcastle United: Click Here
Villa v WBA tickets still available but selling fast: Click Here
Vital Villan: Ahead of our clash with Albion, James Milner has said we must be on our guard and he has praised Tony Mowbray for continuing to play the game in the right way. Speaking on the official site Milner explains that Albion have been improving of late and given the fact this is a derby game and anything can happen, we have to make sure we don't help their revival and lose unnecessary points. Laursen is already back in training after missing the last three matches with a sore knee and manager Martin O`Neill had previously raised the fear of not having Laursen in the team for up to three months. Full quotes: Milner Defends Tony Mowbray
James Milner won the man of the match vote for the Villa win over Gillingham: Click Here
Our latest poll asks how far you think Villa can go in the FA Cup.
For the very latest Premier League odds: Click Here
All the talk about Matthew Upson rubbished: Click Here
Villa have signed Dutch starlet Arsenio Halfhuid from Excelsior. Dutch Starlet Signed By Villa
Transfer talk for Aston Villa this Wednesday including more talk of an exit for Marlon Harewood. Villa Transfer Talk Including Harewood Exit?
Players half term reports part one and two. Some are great fun! Players Half Term Reports
Looks like good news all round, both Martin Laursen and Carlos Cuellar are back in training following injuries over Christmas. O'Neill told the Birmingham Mail that he isn't sure if either of them will be ready to return for the local derby v the Baggies but is hoping they'll be fit for the Sunderland game the week after. 'I don`t know whether Saturday is too early for them, but they are certainly making progress in that direction. I`m hopeful that if there is no reaction to a little bit of running that they did on Monday that they can maybe do a little bit towards the end of the week.' Adding, 'It is obviously very encouraging. The expected time frame for Cuellar with a tweaked hamstring was proved right. As for Martin, we are now very hopeful but more importantly Martin is hopeful.'
The Northampton Chronicle reported that Villa's away reserve game against Tottenham will now take place on Monday March 30 at Leyton Orient (7pm).
Vital Villan: Gareth Barry is set to delay a minor hernia operation should scans prove one is necessary so he can continue to play a part in our derby clash against Albion. Should an operation be necessary Barry would only be out for one or two weeks in any case, but the scans he underwent the other day are still not back. Full article: Barry To Play Through Pain
Martin O'Neill says that John Carew shouldn't be out for as long as first feared as he fights to return from his niggling back injury. The Villa boss said to the Mail 'John Carew is making progress, obviously it is a bit more slowly. We don`t think it will be anything like the number of weeks that we were talking about before, so that is encouraging.'
Aston Villa have confirmed the date of the home UEFA Cup game against CSKA Moscow will be Wednesday February 18. The away tie at the Luzhniki Stadium is scheduled to be played on Thursday February 26. Kick off for both games are still to be confirmed.
The Villa Park game v Chelsea is confirmed as Saturday February 21. 12.45pm kick-off so it can be screened on Sky Sports.
The front page transfer window thread is in full force with over 190 comments so far: The January Transfer Thread 2009 - Part 1 . There is also a thread at the top of 100% Villa in the forums.
Albion keeper Scott Carson has told the Express & Star that he has no regrets over his loan at Villa and that he feels no bitterness towards MON for deciding not to sign him permanently from Liverpool. Adding about the Baggies who visit Villa Park this weekend, 'I`m glad I signed here and I am very happy and really enjoying it here. I`ve got no complaints. I really enjoyed Villa and had a good time there. They were a good set of lads and it was a good learning curve for me. I was grateful that I got the chance to have a season there.' He also says he is looking forward to Saturday.
Nigel Hokey-Cokey on the Gillingham game: Click Here
Martin O'Neill's post match reaction: Click Here
Glensider at Gillingham: Click Here
Stats v Gillingham: Click Here
And as you'll know, we'll face either Cheltenham Town or Doncaster Rovers in the 4th round. To be played over the weekend of January 24th and 25th
Scott Carson has also joined the chorus of people who think Villa can make the top four this season. 'I think they can do it. It`s going to be difficult because Arsenal are a great side who play good football. But Villa have started really well and the key is that they have been really consistent. I think they have a good chance of staying in the top four.'
Sam Williams returned from injury to score two goals in a 3-3 friendly match with Crewe. Dominik Hofbauer also scored as Marc Albrighton also returned from injury.
Thought for the day: What happens if you get scared half to death twice?