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Aston Villa have suffered a further injury blow with the news that striker John Carew, who had been set to deputise for Emile Heskey at Fulham this weekend, is now injured himself.

Heskey injury deepens Villa's striker problem

Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has been ruled out for up to a month with a medial knee ligament injury, the club confirmed yesterday. Heskey suffered the setback in training on Wednesday and will require surgery.

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Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has been ruled out for up to a month with a medial knee ligament injury, the club have confirmed.

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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has told Stephen Ireland he must work harder after overlooking the midfielder for yesterday's derby clash with Birmingham.

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Houllier offers Reo-Coker long-term future with appointment as captain

Gerard Houllier wants the midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker to stay at Aston Villa for the long term after appointing him captain during Stiliyan Petrov's two-month absence through injury. Reo-Coker is out of contract next summer but Houllier revealed yesterday that Villa's chief executive, Paul Faulkner, has already held talks with his agent.

A confident Heskey is same as Drobga, claims Houllier

Emile Heskey started the season as the butt of jests about England's woeful World Cup performance, grinning stoically in the audience as Michael McIntyre mocked him on TV's Comedy Roadshow.

Davies deserves England chance says Coyle

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is adamant Kevin Davies has deserved his surprise England call.

No place for Owen or Beckham as Heskey rules out one-off

"The past is the past," England's manager Fabio Capello likes to declare, and he will not be going back to the future when naming a squad tomorrow for next week's European Championship tie at home to Montenegro, the other team in the group with six points from their opening two games. He did try to, in asking Emile Heskey to make a one-off appearance for the sake of old times and injuries, but no such invitation is being extended to those other ghosts of World Cups past, Michael Owen and David Beckham.

Groin operation rules Agbonlahor out for two weeks

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is to undergo a minor groin operation on Monday and is expected to be out for at least two weeks. He will miss today's match with Tottenham and also be unavailable for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on 12 October.

Hughton expects experience to help Harper come back firing

Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is convinced goalkeeper Steve Harper will return as good as ever after his lengthy injury lay-off.

Capello crosses his fingers over Rooney

Fabio Capello has not yet given up on picking Wayne Rooney for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro next month despite Sir Alex Ferguson's announcement that the striker will miss the next "two to three weeks" with an injury to his left ankle.

Agbonlahor a concern for Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor is Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier's main injury concern ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Tottenham.

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