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Dunne Not Far From A Return - Would You Play Him?

The Express & Star have a brief article saying that Villa defender Richard Dunne is back in training and could be fit to play before the end of the month.

The 33-year-old defender, who is in the last year of his contract at Villa, has been out all season.

Does make you wonder, with such bad start to the season, whether his experience might just be needed over and above the exuberance of youth?

I`m not his biggest fan, especially after the incident whilst Houllier was still here and he is obviously coming to the end of his career, but Lambert might well look to make use?

Who would you play alongside Ron Vlaar if they were all fit. Baker? Clark? Or Dunne?

Not an easy one, I`d still probably opt for Baker (I think Clarke could make a great midfielder personally, he looked good in midfield last season) but I could see the argument for experience and an older head. Then again, it depends which Dunne turns up. The interested war horse we got in his first season here, or the lumbering oaf. Is oaf even a word? So many questions, never any answers!

Lambert said: "We`ll see how he is. It was only Richard`s first few days. It`s his first time since the European Championships really. Will he be back soon? I`m not sure really, because he`s got to get up to speed with the training and get some games under his belt. He`s still a wee bit away."

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 6 2012

Time: 11:43AM

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I like dunny, always seems to wear his heart on his sleeve but I don't think he'll add much steel to the backline. I would prefer to stick with what we have...
maigrait
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06/11/2012 11:54:00

Need his experience and presence big time for the rest of this season. I would still have Vlaar and Clark as my first choice but there are going to be injuries and suspensions and that's where the Dunneymonster comes in. Once he gets his chance, then it's up to him. Gives us the option to move Clark into midfield as well
krfeskivilla
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06/11/2012 12:07:00

No ..........
astonmilan
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06/11/2012 12:11:00

Nah you're alri sell him on... Lummox would have been better than oaf...
CDX_EIRE
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06/11/2012 12:20:00

Er....No.
malacaxeta
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06/11/2012 12:55:00

He'd be 4th choice for me behind Vlaar, Clarke and Baker although with injuries so far anything to go by that could still get him a few games this season
godplayed4villa
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06/11/2012 13:15:00

I've said for a long time - even at his best he was prone to game-losing mistakes (Carling Cup Final is the best example when he was dispossessed by Berbatov). Being solid for 88 minutes is no good. Clark and Baker may not be experienced enough yet, but will come good. Dunne is an ideal fit in a championship team pushing for promotion in need of a warhorse....
gmvillan
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06/11/2012 13:16:00

The way Villa are racking up the yellow cards, it would seem that we will need the services of the Dunny monster, sooner or later.
OnMeHeadFred
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06/11/2012 13:48:00

If he was slow on the turn at the start of last season, it scares me to think what he'll be like now. I'm sure Guzan wants Dunne and his own goals as far away from the team as possible as well.
VillaHippo
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06/11/2012 15:31:00

He's not exactly young and hungry is he, would he fit into Lambert's requirements? I say no too, but keep him in reserve in case of injuries/suspensions etc
Pride of Lions
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06/11/2012 16:19:00

Good squad player and if he realises his true capabilities at this stage in his career, potentially good for the youngsters.
144wittonlane
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06/11/2012 16:25:00

If we had to miss concrete for a game or 2 I would
onlyteaminthemids
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06/11/2012 20:29:00

No thanks, too many own goals...
Charizma
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06/11/2012 22:36:00

Fear - I took the liberty of looking up the word 'oaf' for you in the dictionary in order to answer your question about whether it is actually a word or not. Turns out it is! Here is the dictionary definition: "Oaf [ofh] variant of auf - An Irish footballer who plays as a defender for Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland national football team. Began his professional career at Everton. He later spent nearly a decade at Manchester City before joining Aston Villa in 2009."
AVFC4ME
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07/11/2012 00:28:00

I would play him with Vlaar at CB and play Clarke at LB. Would give young Bennett a breather whilst he gets to grips with the league.
GibboVilla
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07/11/2012 08:28:00

No !!! If we need a replacement left back with the other two injured would like to give Delph a shot there. Do think Bennet is not up to the premieship yet though.
Merlin128777
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07/11/2012 10:45:00

 

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