Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday February 19 2007
Martin O'Neill is in no rush to decide the future of right back Mark Delaney whose contract runs out at the end of the season.
The Welsh international defender has suffered injury after injury and has many set backs in his latest attempt to get fit from a knee injury that eventually required surgery.
O'Neill said: 'I will rule absolutely nothing out at this minute. The reason I wouldn't do is because I'm not in a position to do it - I'd prefer to wait to see what happens. In terms of rehabilitation, I'd like to think even if that goes beyond his contract, we'd be pretty receptive to anything he wants to be doing here. Whether clubs are legally bound is a grey area, but if I was Mark, I wouldn't want that to be a major concern at this minute and rushing to get fit because his contract ends on June 30.'
'Let's wait and see. He's in a position where he knows he falls in that strange area where time-wise; he probably will be fit by the time his contract expires. But I don't think he should overly concern himself on an hour-to-hour basis. In terms of Mark, I've told him not to worry too much about deadlines, and we'll see where we are.'
O'Neill added on the official site: 'I spoke to his father the other day - he's a really nice man. And as a father, he's concerned about his son and his future. I just think it's a bit too early to be making any definitive statements on it. I'm happy with Mark - he's still on crutches which is what you'd expect him to be - but he's pretty pleased with the way things have gone. And he's pleased with the information he had from Dr Steadman and all the positive signs about it.'
'It's the worst thing in the world for a professional player. But he's fighting all that at the moment so it's encouraging and he's really upbeat and being positive, which is good to hear.'
Good luck to Mark, he has been one of our players who has always given 100% when fit, shame to see a good career ruined by so many injuries. He'd have made a great captain if not for his regular absences from the team.
Date:Monday February 19 2007
Lichaj Joins Forest (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Vital Villa Interviews 2013 - Thomas Wood (Wednesday June 19 2013)
The Villa Times - 19/06/2013 (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Vital Villa Interviews 2013 - SimonBigRon (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Aston Villa Season 2013/14 Fixtures. OUCH Start! (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Seville Confirm Luna Interest (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Bacuna Speaks Roncrete & Improvements (Tuesday June 18 2013)
The AVFC Summer Transfer Action So Far (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Giant Striker Joins Villa! (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Vital Villa Interviews 2013 - Villa67 (Tuesday June 18 2013)
|2.||Pride of Lions||401|
|2. Aston Villa||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|5. Crystal Palace||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|Pardew - 'I Am Staying!'
» Newcastle : 19/06/2013 19:09:00
|If You Pray Hard Enough………..
» Chelsea : 19/06/2013 17:45:00
|Carroll on Record Hammers Move
» West Ham : 19/06/2013 17:34:00
|Clarke Pleased With Home Start
» WBA : 19/06/2013 17:30:00
|2013-14 Albion Fixtures
» WBA : 19/06/2013 17:25:00
|Chelsea Makes Maddox Second Signing!
» Chelsea : 19/06/2013 16:48:00
|Bowyer: 'No Contact From Norwich'
» Norwich : 19/06/2013 16:48:00