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  • not_blonde_really not_blonde_really Jan 29, 2013 20:49 Flag

    Daffy? Out Injured?

    I wouldn't worry too much - AVB said after the Leeds game that he would be back for Norwich, and I've seen the following apparently said in his Holtby press conference:

    While Villas-Boas ponders throwing Holtby in at the deep end, he has shrugged off rumours suggesting Jermain Defoe requires surgery. Defoe sat out the 2-1 defeat as Tottenham tumbled out of the FA Cup at Leeds. But AVB insists the England striker will not be going under the knife.

    He added: “No, it is not true. It is extremely important that Defoe can play. We have spoken openly about this situation and we know it is a situation of risk and limit.

    But we are happy to take that risk at the moment. We are fine as we stand — it is something we are not considering."

    I'm looking forward to this deadline day even more than usual - the last few have been fairly disappointing, but I don't think Levy will be satisfied with performances this season overall and there are some clear areas where we could use reinforcement, Damiao could be the first of many juicy fables!

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    • Just after I posted the bit about Daffy another report came out saying that he was fine for tonight.
      AVB's comment about 'risk and limit' must have lost something in the translation - presumably it means that Daffy is carrying an injury but that it is manageable?

      Villa are looking a bit iffy after last night - and even though QPR got a draw, they will need another free falling club to come to their rescue - and Toon grabbing the points last night may have stopped their slide.

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      • According to Sky he's got a 'slightly twisted hip', which'll be why it's a manageable risk - not a major injury.

        It is looking like another season of teams fighting over who gets to go down & 'start again' isn't it... I'd be curious to see what the final table would look like if bottom 10 of PL & top 10 of Championship played together for a season - Cardiff might finally get that promotion they've been nipping at the heels of for ages.

        I'd like Villa to stay up but they're not looking like they've got it in them, and if Wigan don't finally go down I'll... well, I'll whinge and get annoyed but not do anything. That'll show them! I'd not expect (or want) Newcastle & Fulham to get dragged into it, I think and hope they're close to regaining some of their form of the last few seasons, and I'm hoping/expecting good things from Norwich for a couple of seasons to come. Which I guess leaves the final spot to Reading, Southampton, or QPR... I'm inclined pin it on Reading.