Houllier Welcomes Heskey Return Ahead of Derby

December 9, 2010 by
Filed under: Aston Villa, Injury News 

Villa striker Emile Heskey is set to recover from a knee injury which has kept him out for over a month, just in time to face Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. The 32-year-old had recaptured some form when reunited with former boss Gerard Houllier but a decent run of 3 goals in 6 (unheard of for Heskey!) was cut short by an injury picked up in one of the new manager’s double training sessions at the end of October. The forward needed surgery on the knee but proceedings went well and the ex-England international should be in for a timely return to face Di Matteo’s side.  Nigel Reo-Coker had his first training session with the senior side yesterday but Houllier revealed he is unlikely to feature at the weekend and captain Stiliyan Petrov should return to training within the next few weeks. Speaking about the progress of Heskey, Houllier was full of praise of the big man stating:

“Emile will definitely be involved on Saturday. It’s down to other people to analyse the minutes we’ve played with Emile, the goals he’s scored and made. But you would see the difference, he works hard for the team and we’ve missed him.”

With regards to the impending return of Petrov and Reo-Coker, he said:

“Petrov is ahead of schedule and in two weeks he should be back in training.

“Reo-Coker had his first full training session with us on Wednesday. I’d be surprised if he is in contention (for Saturday).”


2 Comments on Houllier Welcomes Heskey Return Ahead of Derby

  1. David White on Fri, 10th Dec 2010 11:22
  2. Daily Mail reports that Collins was out night clubbing till the early hours the night b4 we played Liverpool. No wonder we lost 3-0

    I’ve said all along GH is getting the blame for the poor attitude from our senior players this season. Ashley wants out refusing to sign a new contract, Carew doesn’t seem bothered, Ireland is lazy and clearly didn’t want to come to Villa, Dunne is apparently on the drink and clearly over weight, Reo Coker is seeking to be paid top dollar but not showing the desire to earn that new contract, both wing backs Young and Warnock are flying in to tackle with no disregard for opposition on fact that yellow cards will earn suspension and Gabby looks disinterest since returning from injury and NOW this poor attitude from Collins. No wonder we lost 3-0. GH must drop Collins and the others until they show the willingness to fight like our youngster are showing and team spirit. Viva the Villa youth and let’s get behind GH new movement and blame him for our poor so called experienced senior players who should be setting a good example to our youth. Not the other way round.

  3. David White on Fri, 10th Dec 2010 11:25
  4. David White says:
    December 10, 2010 at 11:14
    Major changes needed for the WBA game my team is:


    Beye. Herd. King Carlos. Lichjai

    Bannan. Hogg. Downing.

    Young (still the best we have despite the attitude and the fact he wants away)

    Hesky. The Fonz

    Subs: Brad Senior, Luke Young, NRC (if fit) or Pires, Ireland. Albrighton, Gabby.

    Downing as Captain

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