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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

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MONs not worried, its ok we've got Cuellar.
johnmurphy3112
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21/08/2009 09:13:00

MONs not worried, its ok we've got Cuellar.
johnmurphy3112
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21/08/2009 09:13:00

I'm told Hercules is being lined up, big, strong, fearless... could just work out.
The Fear
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21/08/2009 09:25:00

I'm told Hercules is being lined up, big, strong, fearless... could just work out.
The Fear
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21/08/2009 09:25:00

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
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21/08/2009 09:26:00

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
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21/08/2009 09:26:00

Beye can play in the centre. Nigel at right-back. Paper-thin patheticness.
olofthegreat
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21/08/2009 09:32:00

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
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21/08/2009 09:32:00

Beye can play in the centre. Nigel at right-back. Paper-thin patheticness.
olofthegreat
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21/08/2009 09:32:00

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
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21/08/2009 09:32:00

distin and upson are the way forward just pay the money
clarkamus
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21/08/2009 09:33:00

distin and upson are the way forward just pay the money
clarkamus
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21/08/2009 09:33:00

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
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21/08/2009 09:39:00

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
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21/08/2009 09:39:00

Good business? Not when we haven't got a replacement lined up it isn't.
olofthegreat
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21/08/2009 09:50:00

Good business? Not when we haven't got a replacement lined up it isn't.
olofthegreat
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21/08/2009 09:50:00

Where are our 5 or 6 quality signings? MON - I'm waiting.....
melski
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21/08/2009 09:53:00

Where are our 5 or 6 quality signings? MON - I'm waiting.....
melski
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21/08/2009 09:53:00

Davies his the worst player ever , he cant defend swap him for new kit.
trusme
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21/08/2009 11:33:00

Davies his the worst player ever , he cant defend swap him for new kit.
trusme
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21/08/2009 11:33:00

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
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21/08/2009 11:43:00

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
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21/08/2009 11:43:00

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
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21/08/2009 12:54:00

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
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21/08/2009 12:54:00

oneill is a total retard in the transfer window.
Stig
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21/08/2009 13:03:00

oneill is a total retard in the transfer window.
Stig
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21/08/2009 13:03:00

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
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21/08/2009 13:07:00

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
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21/08/2009 13:07:00

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
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21/08/2009 13:11:00

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
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21/08/2009 13:11:00

i dun mind sol campbell now to be honest. we need an old head in defence.
Gruck
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21/08/2009 13:35:00

i dun mind sol campbell now to be honest. we need an old head in defence.
Gruck
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21/08/2009 13:35:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:05:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:05:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:10:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:10:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:19:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:19:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:26:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:26:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:31:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:31:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:32:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:32:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:37:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:37:00

ericols_son i have actualy said that before hahaa, maybe harewood partnering him at cb?? hahaa
p.villa
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21/08/2009 14:39:00

ericols_son i have actualy said that before hahaa, maybe harewood partnering him at cb?? hahaa
p.villa
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21/08/2009 14:39:00

Didn't he save Wigan doing just that last game of the season a couple back?
The Usual Suspect
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21/08/2009 14:43:00

Didn't he save Wigan doing just that last game of the season a couple back?
The Usual Suspect
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21/08/2009 14:43:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:47:00

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
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21/08/2009 14:47:00

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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21/08/2009 14:48:00

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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21/08/2009 14:48:00

 

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