Villa striker set for manager talks

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Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier will hold talks with striker John Carew on Monday after being on the receiving end of a weekend outburst from the Norway international.

Carew accused Houllier in an interview in his native country of being disrespectful after being challenged to prove he deserved a new contract.

Houllier responded after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Fulham by saying Carew was "stupid" and to stop "living in the past."

Carew is already side-lined for a month with a torn calf muscle suffered in training ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage. But it remains to be seen whether his outburst will mean the end of his Villa career.

Houllier confirmed: "I shall be speaking to him (Carew), of course."

Carew had previously played under Houllier at Lyon before moving to Villa in January 2007 in a swap deal with Milan Baros.

He has been Villa's leading scorer for the past three seasons and was on target 17 times during the 2009-2010 campaign.

But Carew has failed to find the net in eight appearances this season and looked a shadow of his former self.

Carew's injury left Houllier without a single senior striker for the clash with the Cottagers when England Under-21 player Nathan Delfouneso led the attack. But Gabriel Agbonlahor could soon be back available after resuming training following his groin operation a month ago.

Houllier said: "Gabby is a matter of days now. He's getting back to the fitness levels he should be at."

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