Date: 27th November 2008 at 10:40am
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Looks like left-back Wilfred Bouma is doing well following his horrific ankle dislocation picked up in the game at Villa Park v Odense BK in July.

Bouma told the Express & Star: ‘I am on track. I hope to be back in training this year, but I will not be ready for games.’

Villa boss Martin O’Neill said in the Daily Star ‘He’s coming on well. Everyone seems to be pretty pleased with him. It’s a frustrating time but he’s getting there.’

Sooner the better, he has been greatly missed. Such a blow as he had really come into form the season before getting better by the game. Hopefully he’ll be back early in the new year to add even more quality to our options.

Meanwhile Nicky Shorey brought in for cover following Bouma’s injury, has been told he will be back in from the cold having missed the last few games. Apparently O’Neill is looking to return the player – who MON admitted had yet to fully settle in at Villa Park – for the next two games v Fulham and MSK Zilina.

The Villa boss said: ‘He is right in contention and he will be back playing in the next two games again. We will maybe have to make one or two changes, one way or the other.’