Date: 19th December 2007 at 12:53pm
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After missing last weeks trip to Sunderland after breaking his nose in a freak training ground accident on Friday, Curtis Davies could potentially be a bench warmer against Manchester City this Saturday.

The broken nose was achieved without complication, and although Davies wasn’t expected to be back in the Villa team in time for this weekend, Martin O’Neill is convinced he could now be back in contention.

Speaking on the official site, our manager said:

‘He had an accident in training – it was a bit of a collision and he fell down. We’re trying to get that fixed this week, but he’s feeling much, much better.

‘It was a blow because we had no defenders on the bench last Saturday, but we hope to have a choice this Saturday and I’d hope he could be fit for this weekend.’

Interestingly enough, and backing up my thoughts that Cahill has returned to Villa, but will go back to Sheffield United in January with another recall option are Martin’s comments as follows:

‘If Gary comes through his operation, then he will be available as well.

‘I haven’t had that choice with defenders since the summer and I wish I could have that all over the pitch.’

Does look increasingly like Cahill was asked to return to cover the period of games Davies could be injured for.