Sources inside Villa Park have stated that a return for centre-back Richard Dunne could be imminent, with the club going into their last three games of the season just five points from the relegation zone.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has confirmed defender Richard Dunne is less than two weeks away from returning to the squad. The experienced defender has been missing since suffering a broken collarbone against Manchester City on 12th February.
Source: Sky Sports
McLeish’s side are still not safe from relegation as they sit five points above the drop zone with four games remaining. The timely return of the former Manchester City captain could be just what the Villans need to beat the drop this season.
Since Dunne’s departure through injury, Villa have conceded 14 goals in nine games, including a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United and a 4-2 defeat at home to di Matteo’s Chelsea.
Dunne is expected to be back for the final two games against Tottenham (6th May) and Norwich (13th May), with Villa facing key games at home beforehand against the likes of Bolton and West Brom.
McLeish said on Monday: “It’s good news regarding Richard. He has re-joined the group for training today.
“If he doesn’t make the game at West Brom this weekend, he should be ready for the Tottenham match.
“With a guy like Dunnie, and with what the modern day physical trainers and medical people do, the aim is to try and get the player up to speed so he can go straight back into the side.
“There should be plenty of preparation work for Dunnie so he can step straight back in.”
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