Paul Lambert welcomes break for Aston Villa
The Villains are not in FA Cup action this weekend
Wednesday 13 February 2013
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hopes the current fortnight's break from any action will clear up the recent illness and injury setbacks suffered by the midlands club.
Villa moved out of the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League via Sunday's 2-1 home win over West Ham but do not play again until they visit Arsenal on February 23.
In-form winger Charles N'Zogbia suffered a knee injury against the Hammers while a sickness bug at the club deprived Villa of striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.
"We have got this breather now after what has been a hectic period," Lambert said.
"There have also been lads away with their various national teams. It will give them a break.
"It will also let people like Gabby and Charles recover from illness and injury.
"Charles has hurt his knee. He has this fortnight's break so hopefully he will be okay while Ron Vlaar also took a knock.
"There has also been a sickness bug at the club. Ashley Westwood had it during last week and Gabby and Karim had it the night before the West Ham game and on the day of the match.
"It was a blow but hopefully everyone will be okay and fit for the Arsenal game."
Lambert praised the character shown by his players even when results have been going against them.
He said: "They have taken a lot of knocks and a lot of criticisms but we've never let their heads go down. That's important.
"We've played well in some recent games, the first half at West Brom, the second half against Newcastle, and at Everton we were excellent.
"From mid-table to the bottom, there is little in it and another eight or nine teams are doing the same as what we are doing."
Latest in Sport
Petr Cech blasts Chelsea supporters who sent him death threats after £11m Arsenal transfer: 'They are not true fans'
Nathaniel Clyne joins Liverpool: Transfer news live - Arda Turan decision, Petr Cech reaction, Sergio Ramos to Manchester United
Christian Benteke to Liverpool: Aston Villa striker ready to reject Tottenham
Football kits 2015/16: The good, the bad and the downright worst new shirts from around the world for next season
Arda Turan announcement expected on Friday: Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United possible destinations
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 3 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 4 Greece crisis: Crowdfunding campaign crashes Indiegogo, raises half a million in just three days
- 5 Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck to divorce and end their 10-year marriage
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS