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One Of Only Two Defenders Struggling With Injury

Villa boss Martin O'Neill confirmed on the official site last night following the disappointing loss in the Europa League that Villa defender Curtis Davies is still struggling with a shoulder injury.

Obviously the former West Brom man is one of only two senior centre backs now alongside the so far disappointing former Rangers man Carlos Cuellar following the retirement of Martin Laursen and the unfathomable sale of Zat Knight to Fulham (and even more so the sale of Gary Cahill to Bolton Wanderers!)

There was talk recently that Davies could at some stage need surgery on his troublesome injury and Villa at the moment are having to assess the situation before our Monday night visit to Anfield to take on Liverpool.

Would .. oh bugger .. be an appropriate comment right now?


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 21 2009

Time: 9:08AM

Your Comments

MONs not worried, its ok we've got Cuellar.
johnmurphy3112
MONs not worried, its ok we've got Cuellar.
johnmurphy3112
I'm told Hercules is being lined up, big, strong, fearless... could just work out.
The Fear
I'm told Hercules is being lined up, big, strong, fearless... could just work out.
The Fear
Think MON talking about not breaking the bank if going to be his downfall. Leaves transfer to late to get bargains, but defence is now next to nothing and we may be looking now to add 3-4 defenders, paying sky high prices like last year especially when others know we desperately need them.... Upson 12 mil + Distin 6mil + Wheater 6mil + Warnock 8 mil = 32 mil on defenders.....how much did we spend last year? And these are match winning players either!!!
bentonm
Think MON talking about not breaking the bank if going to be his downfall. Leaves transfer to late to get bargains, but defence is now next to nothing and we may be looking now to add 3-4 defenders, paying sky high prices like last year especially when others know we desperately need them.... Upson 12 mil + Distin 6mil + Wheater 6mil + Warnock 8 mil = 32 mil on defenders.....how much did we spend last year? And these are match winning players either!!!
bentonm
Beye can play in the centre. Nigel at right-back. Paper-thin patheticness.
olofthegreat
this james collins rumour has to be a wind up and i hope it is as if he is zats replacement that is poor business
clarkamus
Beye can play in the centre. Nigel at right-back. Paper-thin patheticness.
olofthegreat
this james collins rumour has to be a wind up and i hope it is as if he is zats replacement that is poor business
clarkamus
distin and upson are the way forward just pay the money
clarkamus
distin and upson are the way forward just pay the money
clarkamus
Cahill to Bolton turned out to be a terrible sell! At the time I thought 5m was a very good price! Hindsight obviously tells a different story! Zat Knight though was a great sell! We bought him for 2.5 and sold him for MORE, when some of his defending was so diabolical it would have been better had we been down to 10 men! Good business full stop!!!!!
johnproche
Cahill to Bolton turned out to be a terrible sell! At the time I thought 5m was a very good price! Hindsight obviously tells a different story! Zat Knight though was a great sell! We bought him for 2.5 and sold him for MORE, when some of his defending was so diabolical it would have been better had we been down to 10 men! Good business full stop!!!!!
johnproche
Good business? Not when we haven't got a replacement lined up it isn't.
olofthegreat
Good business? Not when we haven't got a replacement lined up it isn't.
olofthegreat
Where are our 5 or 6 quality signings? MON - I'm waiting.....
melski
Where are our 5 or 6 quality signings? MON - I'm waiting.....
melski
Davies his the worst player ever , he cant defend swap him for new kit.
trusme
Davies his the worst player ever , he cant defend swap him for new kit.
trusme
hopefully upson should sign before liverpool game but WTF james collins?? what a jokee, unless he is back up which hopefully he will be as we need at least 3 defenders. lets just see what happens maybe we can see cuelaar and heskey in defende :D Van der vaar Petrov Downing - 3 man midfield in jan ftw!!
p.villa
hopefully upson should sign before liverpool game but WTF james collins?? what a jokee, unless he is back up which hopefully he will be as we need at least 3 defenders. lets just see what happens maybe we can see cuelaar and heskey in defende :D Van der vaar Petrov Downing - 3 man midfield in jan ftw!!
p.villa
What I wouldn't give to see this line up in defence against Liverpool on Monday - all from the team of 93/94: Keeper: Bosnich Left back: Staunton Right back: Barrett Centre Back: McGrath Centre Back: Teale Hell our current line up in defence makes us look weaker than the shadows of these greats.
The Usual Suspect
What I wouldn't give to see this line up in defence against Liverpool on Monday - all from the team of 93/94: Keeper: Bosnich Left back: Staunton Right back: Barrett Centre Back: McGrath Centre Back: Teale Hell our current line up in defence makes us look weaker than the shadows of these greats.
The Usual Suspect
oneill is a total retard in the transfer window.
Stig
oneill is a total retard in the transfer window.
Stig
Just keeps getting better and better. Don't hold your breath for signings. Unlike others I wasn't upset by the sale of Barry and can understand the sale of Cahill at the time for offield reasons, but the failure to buy quality and or to add quantity to the squad is inexcusable.
AVbornandbred
Just keeps getting better and better. Don't hold your breath for signings. Unlike others I wasn't upset by the sale of Barry and can understand the sale of Cahill at the time for offield reasons, but the failure to buy quality and or to add quantity to the squad is inexcusable.
AVbornandbred
just saw another link reportin us to jenas! if spurs sold him if would be at least 10m and if o'neil pays that then Why the ***k cant he go and get van der vaart who apparently can leave madrid around 8-10 m and he is twice the player of jenas he wil add cretivity and goals. this is a jokee!
p.villa
just saw another link reportin us to jenas! if spurs sold him if would be at least 10m and if o'neil pays that then Why the ***k cant he go and get van der vaart who apparently can leave madrid around 8-10 m and he is twice the player of jenas he wil add cretivity and goals. this is a jokee!
p.villa
i dun mind sol campbell now to be honest. we need an old head in defence.
Gruck
i dun mind sol campbell now to be honest. we need an old head in defence.
Gruck
P. Villa its not like buying a loaf of bread, or it would be if the bread had a say in whose home he was taken back to. Its not quite as straightforward as saying here's 10m we'll take Van der Vaart.
The Usual Suspect
P. Villa its not like buying a loaf of bread, or it would be if the bread had a say in whose home he was taken back to. Its not quite as straightforward as saying here's 10m we'll take Van der Vaart.
The Usual Suspect
but there is no harm in trying to get him instead of buying ***t as per usual, no big signings at all coming in and we need at least 2 big name players to fill barry and laursens shoes and i havent said its that easy im saying that if he wants jenas then its worth the try of getting van der vaart before hand as he is around the same price or even cheaper.
p.villa
but there is no harm in trying to get him instead of buying ***t as per usual, no big signings at all coming in and we need at least 2 big name players to fill barry and laursens shoes and i havent said its that easy im saying that if he wants jenas then its worth the try of getting van der vaart before hand as he is around the same price or even cheaper.
p.villa
But we don't know whether or not these things have been tried. I believe MON has had words with Real about Sneijder, maybe Van der Vaart as well, but if the players want Champions League, or don't fancy Birmingham as a home, then what can you do? We just can't tell what's going on behind the scenes. Don't rely on the papers, 90% of what you read is Bull.
The Usual Suspect
But we don't know whether or not these things have been tried. I believe MON has had words with Real about Sneijder, maybe Van der Vaart as well, but if the players want Champions League, or don't fancy Birmingham as a home, then what can you do? We just can't tell what's going on behind the scenes. Don't rely on the papers, 90% of what you read is Bull.
The Usual Suspect
yh i no what you mean, but we dont know whats going on so most people are gonna be *****ed off about whats going on now with the restults or transfers. wether he has approached madrid about van der vaart or not it would still be worth the try anyway woudlnt you agree?
p.villa
yh i no what you mean, but we dont know whats going on so most people are gonna be *****ed off about whats going on now with the restults or transfers. wether he has approached madrid about van der vaart or not it would still be worth the try anyway woudlnt you agree?
p.villa
If you're asking would Ilike to see Wesley or Rafael in a villa shirt then my answer is yes. Twould be like Christmas coming early. But Inter are sniffing around Wesley and Rafael could go anywhere. Its unlikely. We have to get ourselves into the Champions League, then the players will come to us. I fear Laursen's injury last season has been our downfall. I do agree with the posts here that finding out we are weak in defence appears to have come as a surprise to MON when every villa fan that saw them play in last 3m of last season could see it for themselves. two more centre backs (of quality) are an absolute necessity right now.
The Usual Suspect
If you're asking would Ilike to see Wesley or Rafael in a villa shirt then my answer is yes. Twould be like Christmas coming early. But Inter are sniffing around Wesley and Rafael could go anywhere. Its unlikely. We have to get ourselves into the Champions League, then the players will come to us. I fear Laursen's injury last season has been our downfall. I do agree with the posts here that finding out we are weak in defence appears to have come as a surprise to MON when every villa fan that saw them play in last 3m of last season could see it for themselves. two more centre backs (of quality) are an absolute necessity right now.
The Usual Suspect
I've been thinking, dont laugh.... what about Heskey at CB? He's tall, strong, can win headers and seems like he can tackle too... maybe we can find him something he can do :D
Ericols_Son
I've been thinking, dont laugh.... what about Heskey at CB? He's tall, strong, can win headers and seems like he can tackle too... maybe we can find him something he can do :D
Ericols_Son
yeah definately, i feel a left back and a creative central midfielder would be needed aswell to mount a real challenge on the likes of man city, tottenham and everrton for 5th or 6th as i feel champions league is definately out the question.
p.villa
yeah definately, i feel a left back and a creative central midfielder would be needed aswell to mount a real challenge on the likes of man city, tottenham and everrton for 5th or 6th as i feel champions league is definately out the question.
p.villa
ericols_son i have actualy said that before hahaa, maybe harewood partnering him at cb?? hahaa
p.villa
ericols_son i have actualy said that before hahaa, maybe harewood partnering him at cb?? hahaa
p.villa
Didn't he save Wigan doing just that last game of the season a couple back?
The Usual Suspect
Didn't he save Wigan doing just that last game of the season a couple back?
The Usual Suspect
cant remember but i think he would be more valuble in defence than upfront tbh and im not jokin around, he will do nothin this season if we play 1 striker.
p.villa
cant remember but i think he would be more valuble in defence than upfront tbh and im not jokin around, he will do nothin this season if we play 1 striker.
p.villa
im still not saying i thik he should go in defence though, im basicaly sayin we dont need him.
p.villa
im still not saying i thik he should go in defence though, im basicaly sayin we dont need him.
p.villa
 

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