Davies to soldier on

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Curtis Davies has vowed to defy his shoulder problem for the remainder of the season and help sustain Aston Villa's push for a Champions League spot.

The central defender admits there is a weakness in his shoulder after dislocating it during the FA Cup reversal at Everton at the weekend.

Davies said: "The shoulder is okay. It is a bit sore but it feels weak rather than painful. It is just a bit of a hindrance when you are trying to hold someone off but, other than that it is fine, so you get on with it."

He continued: "If it keeps coming out, then obviously you have to address it but the fact it came out and went back in - and the pain had gone - meant I was always going to carry on.

"I will try and get through the rest of the season. There is so much to play for. If I can manage that without hurting it, I've got a long summer to rest.

"Will I need surgery? I don't think so. I'm only young so hopefully I'm a quick healer but I need to get through to the end of the season without damaging it and then hopefully it will all settle down.

Villa can ill afford to lose Davies' services with Zat Knight currently the only other fit centre-back as Martin Laursen and Carlos Cuellar are also sidelined through injury.

Davies remains optimistic Villa have the quality to win in Moscow in the second leg next Thursday after John Carew's second half equaliser cancelled out CSKA striker Vagner Love's opener.

He said: "We had quite a few good chances and I think they only had two or three shots on target all through the game and they have scored one.

"It was a bit frustrating but we are still in the tie. That is the main thing and, if they open up a bit on their own ground, hopefully Ashley (Young) and Gabby (Agbonlahor) with their pace will be able to exploit it."

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