Date: 22nd January 2007 at 11:37am
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Martin O’Neill has responded to Mark Delaney’s fears that he might have played his last game for the Villa. Mark Delaney Fears The End

O’Neill said of the Wales international who is currently recovering from a knee operation: ‘I will not rule him out at Villa. I will wait for mark to get back and will see the prognosis and see how things are. I have absolutely no intention now of ruling anything out at all. Could we offer him a short-term deal? There are all sorts of options open to us, absolutely.’

Adding: ‘He had about three alternatives I think. One was to go in and have a look at it, one was to do an operation and one was to know he was on borrowed time. The advice he was given was to go in and have a look and I think they were pleasantly surprised at the posterior ligament, which they thought was holding it together. Then knee was loose, simple as that. Whatever happens he will be out for a few months. But this thing will give him a chance to get back and play.’

 

14 Replies to “O’Neill Says Delaney Could Return”

  • You’re not in a minority Steff, I rate the bloke. yes he has had more than his share of injuries but I still think he deserves the chance of a short term contract to show O’Neill what he can do.

  • Jonah ? for once I disagree with ya mate. Delaney is 30 years old, has just had an operation which is going to keep him out for 6 months and has been told by the surgeon that there is no guarantee he will be able to play top flight football again. I agree in his pomp he was a good defender however it still racks me off the way he went on about the club owing him a contract when he had missed the majority of the season a couple of years back.

  • At least MON is trying to see what Delaney can offer over the next few years or so. All O’Dreary ever did was tell Delaney he’d got no future if his injuries persisted; but did nothing to get better medical attention for him. This is just another example that underlines the differences in man-management abilities between O’Neill and O’Leary.

  • He is quality deemz. Glad Martin is being sensible, it sounds like he’s had some good treatment and I know Mark Delaney loves this club and has a lot more to offer. I hope he gets no more set backs and that he can play a part for the next few seasons. He’s a great pro and I think someone MON will enjoy working with.

  • MON is handling the Delaney situation just right. No commitment from the club or from MON himself, but saying just enough to give the player every reason and opportunity to make a full and complete recovery, and then take matters from there.

  • Certainly cant say the club isn’t treating him very fairly. Many clubs would be attempting to force him out the door under the current situation.

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