Date: 19th April 2008 at 3:44pm
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Martin O’Neill has insisted that Shaun Maloney is still in his plans for the run in to the end of the season.

Having been dropped for the last two games and with Stiliyan Petrov in good form – at long last – Maloney looks under pressure.

MON told the Birmingham Mail:

‘Shaun still has a part to play, absolutely. At this minute, we’ve changed it around a bit so we’ve got a bit more strength in the middle of the field. But Shaun can play a number of positions. He’s just had a rest these last couple of weeks but he will be back.’

He also mentions further competition for the young Scotsman’s place adding, ‘Patrik Berger has come in again but this is about as much rotation as we’ve been doing this season.’

Be interesting to see if Shaun is willing to sit it out at Villa and wait to make an impact of if he will be looking for pastures new this summer.