Football in brief: Heskey's groin injury is not 'long term'

Aston Villa: Martin O'Neill has been handed an injury boost after scans revealed that that is no long-term damage to Emile Heskey's groin.

O'Neill backs Milner for World Cup squad

Aston Villa 5 Bolton Wanderers 1

Early presents give Villa plenty to Carew about

Aston Villa 5 Bolton Wanderers 1

Playing advantage gives wider benefits

Talking point

O'Neill upbeat despite sharing spoils with the neighbours

Wolves 1 Aston Villa 1

Ebanks-Blake finally gets off mark to ensure justice is done

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Aston Villa 1

Tottenham and Villa miss chances to close on top

Tottenham, Aston Villa and Sunderland all missed good chances to close on the leading teams at the top of the Premier League today.

Football in brief: Backlog in English transfer investigations 'will take years to clear'

FIFA: The world body's general secretary, Jérôme Valcke, has revealed that an investigation into transfer complaints involving English clubs could take years to complete – but that none is as serious as the case which led to a transfer ban on Chelsea.

Villa forget Reo-Coker to pile more woe on Pompey

Aston Villa 2 Portsmouth 0

Agbonlahor strikes out for Villa's cause

Aston Villa 2 Portsmouth 0

Agbonlahor grabs late winner for Villa

Birmingham 0 Aston Villa 1

Agbonlahor strike seals Villa victory over Fulham

Aston Villa 2 Fulham 0

O'Neill aims to fill gap at Villa's heart

Aston Villa 0 Wigan Athletic 2

Rosicky return makes up for Adebayor exit

Emmanuel Adebayor's £25 million transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City was completed last night after he underwent a medical. The striker's advisers had been waiting to see if Chelsea, Milan or any other clubs were prepared to match City's offer, but have now accepted that they will not.

O'Neill defends retreat from Moscow

It all happened more than six weeks ago, but it is still the talk of the Aston Villa chat forums and will probably go down as the defining moment of what could have been a momentous season. So on Friday, even with a key game at home to Everton to consider, Martin O'Neill spent much time going over the same topic again: "Moscow."

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The school that means business

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Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

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