Tuesday media watch [12.03.13 AM]: Dunne injury battle in focus
Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists Richard Dunne will play again. Dunne, 33, has been out of action all season with a groin injury suffered during Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign. Lambert says Dunne's injury is too painful for him to consider a first-team return yet, but insists the player's career is not over.
Independent: Aston Villa's manager, Paul Lambert, insists defender Richard Dunne's long-term groin problem is not career-threatening. Dunne has not played since picking up the injury last June on Euro 2012 duty for the Republic of Ireland. He has had three operations. Lambert said: "It's been really complicated. Richard has been over to the United States a couple of times to try and get it sorted. Is it career-threatening? No, nothing like that. You can't say that."
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists Richard Dunne will play again. Dunne has been out of action all season with a groin injury suffered during Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign. Villa have been desperate for Dunne's experience this term as they battle to beat the drop - but Lambert insists the defender's career is not over.
Irish Independent: Paul Lambert has insisted that Richard Dunne's career is not in doubt despite being unable to put a time frame on when the defender might be available for first-team action. The Dubliner has spent the entirety of this season on the sidelines with a groin complaint that continues to flare up when he steps up to full training. In an attempt to solve the problem, Dunne has made a number of trips to America seeking specialist advice. However, they have been unable to resolve the issue.
ESPN: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted centre-back Richard Dunne's long-term groin problem is not career-threatening. Dunne, 33, has been sidelined since suffering the setback while on Euro 2012 duty for Republic of Ireland last summer, and a trio of operations have failed to cure the problem. Lambert would welcome the availability of the former Manchester City player, whose contract runs out this summer, but the Scot acknowledges it is not the sort of injury which allows the defender to play through the pain barrier.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists long-term absentee Richard Dunne's career is not under threat because of a groin injury. Dunne has been unavailable since picking up the injury at Euro 2012, and three operations have yet to cure the problem. But Lambert knows the Republic of Ireland international must not be rushed back to competitive action, despite Villa being embroiled in a relegation battle and the player's contract expiring this summer.
Birmingham Mail: Captain Ron Vlaar insists Villa are learning from their mistakes as their Premier League survival mission finally hints at taking a turn for the better. Two wins from four games is as good a sequence of results as the claret and blues have managed since they put together a five-match unbeaten run of two victories and three draws in late November and early December. The successes against West Ham and Reading, either side of defeats to Arsenal and Man City, have lifted Villa out of the drop zone ahead of Saturday's crunch Villa Park clash against improving bottom club QPR.
Birmingham Mail: Oooh Christian Twenty-ke. Christian Benteke scored his sixteenth Villa goal in all competitions in Saturday's vital victory over survival rivals Reading as his remarkable first campaign in claret and blue keeps on firing. And with nine matches remaining, Benteke's scoring exploits have sparked hopes that he could join Villa's select modern-day brand of twenty-goal-a-season strikers.
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BBC Sport: Captain Steven Gerrard says Liverpool need a "perfect" finish to the season if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Reds are sixth in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with nine games to go.
Sky Sports: Paolo di Canio is the favourite to be appointed as the new Reading manager following the sacking of Brian McDermott. The Italian, who left Swindon last month, was in the crowd at the Madejski on Saturday when Reading lost 2-1 to Aston Villa, though it is not known if he had been invited by club owner Anton Zingarevich.
Sky Sports: Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman says he knows nothing about links with a role at Manchester City. The Dutch legend has impressed since taking charge at De Kuip, guiding them to second last term and he was handed a long-term deal in the summer.
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