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Injuries Still Making Life Difficult

As each game passes, our injury list seems to get bigger at the moment.

As we gear up for a must win match against Wigan, Paul Lambert's selection dilemma gets easier as Ron Vlaar, Charles N'Zogbia, Gabby Agbonlahor, are now joined by Andreas Weimann, Nathan Baker in remaining doubtful for the game.

Weimann injured his calf against Chelsea, and Baker was substituted yesterday with a hamstring issue.

Speaking to the Official Site Lambert admitted he really didn't expect any of them to make a return in time for Wigan:

'I am not so sure. I don't think there will be many of them coming back. The injury situation is not helping us at the minute, there are a lot, but you have just got to go with what you've got. Ron's doing alright at the minute but has not played since Arsenal. He's not trained with us, he's still working on his rehab. Nathan has a hamstring problem, we don't know how bad it is and Andreas has injured his calf. Gabby still has a problem with his hip and with Charles it's his knee. They are still struggling a bit.'

Regardless of how you rate the summer signings and despite us all hoping for a bit of experience to help guide the young lads through, plenty of worries were expressed at the time about the depth of the squad when injuries and suspensions hit and sadly that has come to pass and it has certainly cost us.

You'd hope the January window will be good for us on both the depth and experience basis.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 27 2012

Time: 2:33PM

Your Comments

Of course you are struggling with key injuries, but this is all too predictable as your squad has been ripped to shreds by the need to sell anything of value and go with the cheap option and play kids. This may well prove to work, as they may develop into mature players with a genuine affinity with the club, however there is an equal chance that playing them too soon and in a struggling side with little experience and leadership will do them more harm than good
Oxfordspur
Sometimes a dose of realism has to kick in. And whilst we do not want to blame injuries, the ones we have, are having a massive effect on the club. We are without our club captain, Petrov. We are without the man bought in as skipper, Vlaar. We are also without 3 players who have been skipper in the absence of those two, Gabi, Dunne and Bent. For the game againest Spuds we were without 3 of our 4 strikers. We were without our 2 most experienced centre halfs and then one of the replacements, Baker, gets injured with the score at 0 0. How would Spuds cope without Gallas, Vertonghen and Dawson, without Parker, Bale, Adebayor and Defoe?? Because the players we have in those postitions were not available to us yesterday. in fact I defy any team outside the top 4 to lose 3 strikers, 3 centre halfs and the club captain and still function normally. For example imagine Redscouse without Suarez and errrrr . . . . anybody else they care to name as striker. Then take out Agger and Skrtel and Carragher. And then take out Gerrard. And for good measure take out Downing as well because we are also without N'Zogbia. Our kids beat their strongest team. Imagine what would have happened if they had the injury problems to cope with that we have. That said, Lambert must still be able to set up a team of players of this quality (young as they may be) to at least defend. We have conceded 3 goals in one half against Bluescouse, Manure and Chelski. We have conceded 4 goals in one half against Spuds, Southampton and ManCiteh. And we have conceded 5 in one half, also against Chelski. It was good to hear the Holte (those that were still there after the 4th went in) spend the final 10 minutes singing Paul Lamberts claret and blue army. The ones that were still there at the final whistle were the diehards who know how to support a football club and can see the challenges faced by Lambert and our young Lions. Those of you who failed to turn up or who threw in the towel at 3 or 4 nil. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You are not Villa supporters in my eyes. Up the Villa. The 19th minute.
voiceoftheholte
Well said voice! too many knocking them down after.. ok two bad results but they are young we got to expect ups and downs, lets enjoy the ups and help them get back up in the downs. we as fans need to help pick these lads up so they can get back to winning ways. Jans only round the corner, few signings, get some of our experienced ones back from injury and things will start to look brighter.
Matt_the_Villain
VOTH you've always been up yr own backside mate but to call anyone who can actually see the mess Lerner has us in 'not Villa supporters' is just so patronising. We pay our money then we can leave when we want (although I've never left a match early in my life). There are always excuses and reasonsbut we are **** and a laughing stock. You applaud the support when we're losing four nil at home and meanwhile everyone one else asks 'why'. Vital Villa Prozac available here.
ljkal
Great points VOTH. Any team would struggle with the kind of injuries we have, all key areas in a pretty thin squad. Just bad luck. I think Vlaar is missed most, he's the only leader we have, not to mention a bloody good defender!
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Yup Ox, our thinness if you can call it that, was a worry when the window closed and we've paid for it, especially in terms of Vlaar not being available to be the more experienced head amongst the young defenders. But again you're wrong, we haven't sold anything of value, we've sold players who wanted to leave and then we've let leave players we couldn't sell who were on ridiculous wages giving us very little in return. I do however agree again, that our youngsters won't benefit from the lack of old heads to see them through, we needed a better balance, but there's nothing wrong with the direction as long as we get that balance right.

Voice I love you :-)
mike_field
Injuries hurt but that lineup, formation and tactics against Spurs was completely wrong in my opinion. Sometimes managers get it wrong and I'm sure PL has learnt from that match. We will beat Wigan and then look forward to a solid test against Swansea before two big cup games which could shape our season. PL is a good manager (anybody calling for someone else is mad) and so far I think he's done more than most things right. I'm sure he has a secret signing or two up his sleeve in Jan which is exciting as well. Ox, just support Villa mate you know you want too!! UTV
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