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Villa Park Pitch Has Ouch Factor.

The latest injury to strike is to our defender Aaron Hughes who has aggravated his hernia injury.

The problem has again been put down to the hardness of the pitch at Villa Park.

Our injury crisis, it seems, is mainly down to the state of our usually excellent pitch and plans are already in place to dig the current one up and replace it in the summer at a cost of around 700 000

Villa have had an amazing run of injuries to key players this season including Hughes, Lee Hendrie, Gavin McCann, Kevin Phillips, Milan Baros, Laursen, Mark Delaney, Gary Cahill, Jlloyd Samuel, De La Crus and Wilfred Bouma, who have all missed games through injury - though not all directly due to the pitch problems obviously!

O'Leary, quoted in the Mirror Online said about Hughes:

'Aaron was very uncomfortable after our game against Wigan at the weekend and has suffered a reaction to his hernia problem.'

Delaney is due to step in for his first game of the season.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 25 2005

Time: 3:27PM

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Graham Souness used this one a few days ago. Not the only thing these two managers have in common then at the moment?
bernie
Graham Souness used this one a few days ago. Not the only thing these two managers have in common then at the moment?
bernie
How often did players in years gone by fall foul of injuries like this? Tackles were harder, pitches weren't governed by science and the football's themselves were harder. It's probably fairer to question the "super fitness" of players and debate whether or not they are a bunch of fairies these days. Injuries happen yes, at all levels of the game - so why does it seem the Premiership (despite playing less games) have the lions share of them?
mike_field
How often did players in years gone by fall foul of injuries like this? Tackles were harder, pitches weren't governed by science and the football's themselves were harder. It's probably fairer to question the "super fitness" of players and debate whether or not they are a bunch of fairies these days. Injuries happen yes, at all levels of the game - so why does it seem the Premiership (despite playing less games) have the lions share of them?
mike_field
What I find strange is I've not heard any of the opposition managers saying that their players are getting injured on this pitch. I can understand the Newcastle situation a bit more because they are saying it is the training ground pitches. Both seem to have a nice line in excuses though don't they!?
The Fear
What I find strange is I've not heard any of the opposition managers saying that their players are getting injured on this pitch. I can understand the Newcastle situation a bit more because they are saying it is the training ground pitches. Both seem to have a nice line in excuses though don't they!?
The Fear
I remember when we had a huge injury list under Flynn (Swansea) and it was thought it was either the training pitches or the players being brought back too soon. Us fans were puzzled as to why so many were getting injured, think we had 10 or 11 out at one stage.
KevinE
I remember when we had a huge injury list under Flynn (Swansea) and it was thought it was either the training pitches or the players being brought back too soon. Us fans were puzzled as to why so many were getting injured, think we had 10 or 11 out at one stage.
KevinE
I sometimes think if we did have 10 or 11 out we'd win more matches with how some of our first team stars perform.
mike_field
I sometimes think if we did have 10 or 11 out we'd win more matches with how some of our first team stars perform.
mike_field
wish we had the strength in depth at the time to cope with it! at the moment we have just 2 players out and 1 of them is our assistant manager. we do need another striker though as we struggled when 3 out of 4 were unavailable. And now i'll go back to my own site! ATB!
KevinE
wish we had the strength in depth at the time to cope with it! at the moment we have just 2 players out and 1 of them is our assistant manager. we do need another striker though as we struggled when 3 out of 4 were unavailable. And now i'll go back to my own site! ATB!
KevinE
Our defenders especially seem to be cursed. Laursen is a long term injury, Delaney has suffered all season with injuries and is only now getting back into contention, even reserve defender Cahill is having to have an exploratory operation to sort out his ankle injury.
DP
Our defenders especially seem to be cursed. Laursen is a long term injury, Delaney has suffered all season with injuries and is only now getting back into contention, even reserve defender Cahill is having to have an exploratory operation to sort out his ankle injury.
DP
 

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