Liverpool and Arsenal midfielder target injured on first day back!

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Rafael Benitez’s hopes of landing one of his top transfer targets took yet another backward step yesterday, after the midfielder in question went and injured himself. Have Gareth Barry’s hopes of playing for Liverpool next season vanished into thin air?

The Reds may not hang around for the player’s foot injury to heal, especially as they also have to contend with an obstinate Martin O’Neill and a rival bidder in the form of Arsenal, which muddies the waters further. The Daily Mail report that Barry may have made a shock appearance for the Villans this weekend, had it not been for this knock.

Gareth Barry’s return to Aston Villa descended into farce yesterday as he ended his first session back on the treatment table.

The midfielder picked up a foot injury, killing off any hopes he had of making a shock re-appearance for Villa in this weekend’s Intertoto Cup tie with Odense BK. Villa boss Martin O’Neill had already left Barry sweating following his 17-day absence.

Is Martin O’Neill playing a clever game, as he bids to somehow retain the services of Barry, despite the player clearly wanting to leave. There’s clearly some bad blood between the pair at the moment, although with no deal forthcoming and the season just a month away, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the England midfielder will be lining up in the claret and blue come August.

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