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In brief: Villa's Holman wins Australia award

Holman is Australian player of 2012; Bobby Zamora and Yohan Cabaye to have surgery

Brett Holman has appeared in all Aston Villa's league matches this season

Aston Villa winger Brett Holman has been named Australian footballer of the year.

The 28-year-old beat Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who won in 2009 and 2010, among others to the award. Holman joined Villa in the summer from AZ Alkmaar and has appeared in all Villa’s Barclays Premier League matches this season.

Zamora to miss three months

Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a blow with news that Bobby Zamora will miss the next three months to have surgery on a hip injury sustained during training.

The 31-year-old forward moved to Loftus Road in January from Fulham and helped Rangers retain their Barclays Premier League status.

Pardew confirms Cabaye surgery

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that Yohan Cabaye will have surgery on a groin injury.

"He will definitely have an operation, and we think it's going to be on Friday or Monday, I'm not sure," said Pardew. "That's a blow to us because he's a top player for us."

Key Points

  • Aston Villa's Brett Holman named Australian footballer of the year
  • Bobby Zamora set to miss three months after surgery on a hip injury
  • Alan Pardew confirms that Yohan Cabaye will have surgery on a groin injury