Football

O'Neill accepts Heskey blow

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill insists he has no gripes with England coach Fabio Capello despite striker Emile Heskey being injured for the second successive friendly international.

O'Neill was upset when Capello opted to start with Heskey in February's clash with Spain in Seville when he had reported for duty with an Achilles problem. Now Heskey has been ruled out of Sunday's trip to Manchester United with a hamstring injury.

But O'Neill has no axe to grind this time with Capello as Heskey had reported fully fit for duty. He said: "I haven't a problem with this one because it is two separate situations."

He added: "When Emile went to the international with Spain he had come off injured in the match we had played beforehand at Blackburn.

"He then came off in the second half with England because of the same injury and was unable to play for us in the next game and I was annoyed about things.

"This is a different scenario where someone goes away properly fit and just picks up an injury that can happen anytime. That can't be helped. It is a blow but it is one of those things.

"In fairness, the rest of the players who went away on international duty are fit so, in terms of percentages, we are probably not too badly off."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Football
Blackburn Rovers
Emile Heskey
Premier League
Manchester United
Aston Villa

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again