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Richard's Knee Is Done In

Headline courtesy of Prepared! Gerard Houllier has confirmed that the Dunneymonster is suffering from a recurring knee injury.

Following the brief comment about Dunne's knee problems directly following the Manchester United clash, Gerard Houllier has expanded a little on it when speaking to SSN.

The Dunneymonster did play all 90 minutes at the weekend, but has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad who will face Norway on Wednesday due to swelling.

(Incidentally, Ciaran Clark has also been forced to withdraw from the same squad due to the ankle problem that kept him out of the game against United.)

'Richard's knee has swollen up and it is a recurring thing. That is why he missed two or three games earlier in the season.'

Dunne's form has been a cause of concern for many fans so far this season and plenty have wondered why Cuellar hasn't been given a run, especially after his performance in the Wolves games, so Dunne could rest but it looks like that decision may now be taken out of Houllie's hands.

It does seem though that Houllier has liked Dunne's leadership qualities on the pitch and that could well be the reason why he's been regularly selected.

'He is important to us and I like the attitude of all my older players because they are good tutors in terms of training and attitude towards the job. They encourage and sometimes they give a rollicking.'

Given the injuries we have we could well be thankful for the international break, it'll allow some things to heal and even for the younger lads (who no doubt are excited and full of adrenaline), a little break, or a change of scenery should help them keep grounded and help them push on more.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 15 2010

Time: 3:56PM

Your Comments

All these injuries, what's going on!! Am I correct in saying that our new fitness coach is the same chap that casued the mass hysteria amongst the French world cup squad?
juddy
No that was more the French players being babies really. lol That said, Dunne's injury was from pre season, there's very few injuries that could be related to our players finally having a fitness regime.
mike_field
explains a lot as he really doesn't look close to his peak at the moment.
The Fear
Dunne hasnt been at his best this season at all, he made 2slip ups against ManUtd but luckly recovered. I feel edgy with him in defence. Would much prefer Cuellar.
Blitz
All these injuries, I have a gut feeling Sidwell/Carew are not injured, thev just been told they will be gone in January so I delt they will play for Villa again.
Blitz
Injuries........bloody hell....its a plague at Bodymoore..... Just as well we have some youngsters who are not afraid to dig in.....however, Premiership football is about experience.....and whilst are kids were heroic on saturday we need to be realistic. Experienced players are crucial - this is where a huge amount of the youngsters development is gained from. As a coach nothing pleases me more than to see kids come in and take their chances but it is a gradual one. Houllier will know that he has to give them time and its not just on the pitch. Player conditioning and readiness are aspects a good coaching team will work on. I do feel we'll bring in some signings and perhaps a couple more on loan come January as there is still a good chance to get europe. The Premiership is no doubts exciting and 6th place today are just two losses from the relegation zone. Villa would have sniffed a bit on saturday and even the experienced players would have been enthused by what they witnessed out there. Realitically, we cannot continue this way as we now have ten first teamers out for one reason or another.....i dont think we have that many kids to fill the gaps.
reza
where the hell was stephen ireland on the weekend?
liamo1981
he was reported to have taken ill
reza
PMSL I didn't even notice, daft thing is I nicked Prepared's idea from http://www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=39388&posts=24 and still spelt it wrong! Just can't get the staff thesedays!
mike_field
Where's Salifou when you need him? Seriously, I'm not even joking...where is he?
olofthegreat
What is it with central defenders and bad knees?
Adam Deuce
 

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