Aston Villa have been dealt a major setback with the start of the season approaching, after Stiliyan Petrov dislocated a shoulder in a pre-season friendly. The midfielder, whose superb form helped the Villans achieve a sixth-place finish last season - and threaten to gatecrash the 'Big Four' - suffered the injury in the club's clash with Atlante on Wednesday. Villa went on to win the tie 3-1, but the pre-season victory will be of little consolation to manager Martin O’Neill, who is unsure as to the severity of Petrov’s injury. “Stiliyan dislocated his shoulder. Roddy, the doctor, put it back immediately,” he said. “He is feeling a little better but we don’t know just at this moment how much damage he has done. “It is obviously the low point of the night. But we don’t know the extent of the problem – we will find out over the next couple of days to see how it settles down. “We just don’t know. But it is a concern to us.” Petrov was replaced in the 21st minute by youngster Marc Albrighton, who marked his appearance with his first senior goal for the club shortly before half-time. The Premier League outfit then edged ahead through John Carew early in the second-half and sealed the win with a Ashley Young header on the hour mark. VILLA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Boy's A Bit Special Gabriel Agbonlahor, Isiah Osbourne Ask A Silly Question Peter Crouch Perfect XI Graham Taylor Plus! Rate Villa players (and others) on Talentspotter
30 July 2009
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