Date: 5th February 2008 at 5:15pm
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Seems there is very little hope of Gabby Agbonlahor being fit for Saturday’s match against Newcastle at Villa Park.

Martin O’Neill explained that the scan taken following his injury, picked up via a bad tackle at the Fulham match, has shown up ‘something’ which is apparently a medical term for ‘he is buggered’! Adding, ‘He has missed out with England and he’s a doubt for Saturday. He was on the threshold of things with his country. That time will return for him I’m sure. It’s just a setback for him. It’s a setback that he might miss a game for us.’

Gabby Agbonlahor has spoken to the official site after missing out on his senior England call up. “I am really disappointed. It’s annoying but I suppose these things happen in football. I haven’t been injured for two seasons so I can’t really complain that I have had a torrid time out on the sidelines. The injury is nothing serious, so at least I am not out for months with a problem. I am just gutted because I was really looking forward to getting a chance under the new England manager. But the likes of Ledley and Emile have had the same problem so I shouldn’t complain too much.

However, Curtis Davies who also limped off versus Fulham last Sunday is hoping he might be fit.

He told the official site of his knee problem: ‘It is a slight knock and I’m getting treatment at the moment. I’m hoping to be back training again on Thursday. It’s a niggle rather than an injury. I’m hoping to play against Newcastle but, as always, that’s down to the gaffer.’