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Gabby Agbonlahor Sidelined With Hamstring

Gabby Agbonlahor Sidelined With Hamstring

Looks like Gabby Agbonlahor, who according to Martin O'Neill got off his sick bed (he had a virus all week ) to play could be out for a while after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-3 thriller against Everton.

Gabby told the press:

'There is something wrong with my hamstring. I don't know what it is. We'll have to wait and see the results of a scan. I got the ball and pulled up and came off as a precaution. I don't know how long I'll be out for. It felt pretty sore during the game, but I came off when I did because I didn't want to make it worse.'

Meanwhile MON explained that Gabby had been sick but that is the thing with the players at Villa, they just want to play.

Adding 'When Gabby came off, his hamstring was sore. Everything was wrong with him in terms of not being physically fit for the game but he still did great. That is the kind of character he is.'

Is it right to play someone who wasn't well though? Seems a decent way to risk the player further surely?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday April 13 2009
Time: 1:15PM


"Everything was wrong with him in terms of not being physically fit for the game" - so who picked him in the starting XI? I miss the wacky world of Martin "It wasn't me" O'Neill at times.
13/04/2009 13:18:00
CowesBhoy, stop being so sensible and pointing out logic, you should be well aware that this has nothing to do with MON's version of football
Villan Of The North
13/04/2009 13:21:00
In the old days it didn't matter if you were injured cos they had short tight shorts and they made it OK to be injured cos they held the injury in check. And you could drink 20 pints the night before a game. Now, because of HD TV people can see everything, thats why they don't wear short tight shorts any more. Could you imagine short tight shorts and the groin area in HD? A disaster! MON needs to learn that with all the advances in common sense we can see through the funny stories they tell.
14/04/2009 00:05:00
he was sick and wanted to play. what is wrong with playing him. A virus and a hamstring are not really related injuries. i want players like that at the club. MON didnt really have to many other options up front as he seems to have gone away from the 4-5-1/4-3-3. silver lining is this should give young del a few run outs
14/04/2009 11:11:00
to be fair you are usually told not to train or play sport when you've got a virus. The general rule is if it is anything above the neck (ie sniffles, cold etc) then you can do light training (whatever the training is) and if it is below the neck, ie virus, chest infections etc you rest up. To play ill does risk further injury and problems. Not saying this is the case on this one, they have a full and qualified medical team to assess all these things but it does seem a strange thing to say, that he wasn't well and was allowed to play anyway.
The Fear
14/04/2009 11:15:00
lol RiF. Mad and great post!
The Fear
14/04/2009 11:16:00
We were losing 3-1 when he came off and ended up drawing........
14/04/2009 11:27:00
Trust us to turn this into a question on mon's ability to manage our players. To be honest, if I'd heard Gabby had a cold and said that because of it he didn't want to play the game against Everton I'd be *****ed off. Yes it probably isn't going to be great for him, but it's nothing major is it? We moan about footballers being pussies most of the time, but now we're all *****ed off, it's mon's fault for not wrapping Gabby up in baby wipes and rubbing him all over.
14/04/2009 12:57:00
I'm sure Gabby now has plenty of baby wipes to wrap himself up in without MON helping him.
Hoss The Villain
14/04/2009 13:13:00
Well said PTP. It's often the way, Villa fans want their cake and eat it too. Want the players to sweat blood for the team but blame MON for playing hem less than 100% fit. We obviously don't want to go back to the days of cortisone injections enabling them to play with serious injuries, but a cold is or shoudln't be completely debilitating, a paracetamol can take away the symptoms, for fecks sake.
14/04/2009 13:15:00
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