Date: 17th July 2009 at 4:16pm
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Comedy quote of the week goes to new signing Stewart Downing who told the official site when he regains fitness it’ll be like Villa have an extra player.

He also says that joining Villa has given his spirits a massive boost as he returns from injury, an injury sustained whilst playing against the Villa in a challenge by Petrov at the end of the season – you do wonder, was this an elaborate plan by Monny to get his man?

Anyway, Downing said:

‘The rehab is going as well as can be. I have stepped it up now – I’m doing pool and gym work. That is very pleasing because I have been stuck for six or seven weeks not doing much at all.

‘At least I am on the move now and joining Villa has given me a boost and I am eager to get back to full fitness as soon as possible.’

Downing explains it’s slightly wierd joining a new club but being reasonably isolated as he works on his recovery.

‘It’s been frustrating and it’s not great that I can’t go away with the lads on the pre-season tour but equally the overriding feeling is that it’s great to be at the club.

‘It is strange to join up with a new club and not play – but I will get in and amongst the lads and get to know them – I want to get involved.’

As for whether his Villa debut will make him seem like a new signing:

‘I think it will be a bonus to come back at the time I’ll be coming back. It will feel like an extra player and I will be fresh as well. I think it will be a bonus.’

As for that nasty man Petrov, Downing insists there are no grudges held.

‘I can’t wait to see Stiliyan! Joking aside, injuries are part and parcel of the game. It was an accident. The main thing is I am on the way back and it shouldn’t be too much longer before I play again. I am looking forward to doing that.’