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Villa Right-Back Near Comeback?

Welsh international right-back Mark Delaney is reportedly getting closer to a return following treatment from Dr Richard Steadman in Colorado.

The Villa defender, whose contract runs out at the end of this season, has suffered with a season long struggle with a knee injury.

Having just returned from Dr Steadman this week he told the official site: 'I've been with the doctor for three or four days and he's over the moon with my knee. He said it looks absolutely fine and it feels great. He's very positive and pleased with how it's going and how well it will respond to running. But at the moment, the muscles are quite weak around the knee so I can't run just yet.'

'Overall I'm pretty pleased. I've just got to do more strengthening work on my leg to ensure the knee can do a lot more work. There's no indication as to how long it's going to be. It could be a week or a month, but the main thing is that my knee is good. I haven't done a lot with the muscle, but he said once I start working on it, it will come back quite quickly.'

'I've been told to do a lot more of my strengthening exercises and incorporate heavier weights to build the muscles up. He's told me not to hold back.'

Terrible timing for him, be interesting to see if Villa look to extend his contract, maybe pay as you play deal, in order for Martin O'Neill to be able to see what an asset a fit Delaney is! He has certainly been missed this season.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 22 2007

Time: 12:22PM

Your Comments

Do you think the Villa get clubcard points with Dr Steadman....refer 10 players and get your 11th players knee consultation free!
Thegreatdando
Would anyone else keep him on maybe a 6 month contract, get him back in and see if he can stay fit, or is he too much of a risk now?
The Fear
Actually, wonder if Villa would arrange holiday breaks including a visit to Steadman, I'd love to sort out my knees and have a holiday at the same time!!!!!
The Fear
When he has been fit he has played some good foorball and been an asset to the club. I think he is worth being given a chance and money saved spent elsewhere on the team.
Obediah
Please Please keep him. Laursen is looking great after hopefully finally having his problems behind him. Delaney is worth a chance to see if he can get back to where he was again - i.e. when fit, one of the very best right backs in the Premiership
stennyvilla
Like a fully fit and regularly available Martin Laursen, a similar scenario concerning Mark Delaney would be a huge boost for the club. Right full back remains a major problem position, a situation MD would be more than capable of solving for us. You have to have serious reservations though, and will MON be able to resist the chance to bring a new right back into the club this summer, on the strength of a somewhat iffy MD return?
glensider
 

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