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Monday 13 February 2012

Villa defensive duo set for spell on sidelines

Richard Dunne and Ciaran Clark both suffer injuries over the weekend

Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark damaged knee ligaments in training before the Man City match

Aston Villa pair Richard Dunne and Ciaran Clark look set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up injuries over the weekend.

The 32-year-old Dunne damaged his shoulder at the end of Villa's 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City on Sunday and is likely to miss the best part of the next two months as he requires surgery.

A club statement confirmed: "Richard Dunne sustained a fracture to his right clavicle in the game against Manchester City.

"We're not spoiled for choice in terms of experienced players to bring in"
- Alex McLeish

"He will undergo an operation in Birmingham. It is anticipated that he will be sidelined for up to eight weeks."

And the 22-year-old Clark is also unlikely to figure again in February after he injured himself in training on Saturday, meaning he missed out on the match at Villa Park.

"Dunnie's not going to be back for the next game, that's for sure," said manager Alex McLeish on Sunday. "He's definitely damaged his shoulder which is part of the bad luck we've been having recently.

"In training Ciaran caught his studs in the turf and he's tweaked a ligament.

"It's a real shame because we had definite plans for him. We will lose him for a few weeks. It's not an overnight return either. It's knee ligament issues.

"We're not spoiled for choice in terms of experienced players to bring in."

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Key Points

  • Richard Dunne likely to miss next eight weeks of action
  • Club confirm Dunne fractured his right clavicle
  • Ciaran Clark damaged knee ligaments in training on Saturday