Wednesday media watch [18.09.13 AM]: Laursen's message
Birmingham Mail: Martin Laursen has sent Jores Okore a 'get well soon' message and backed his claret and blue compatriot to come back stronger than before. Okore wants to follow in Laursen's footsteps as Villa's next Great Dane but for now has emulated him by suffering a serious knee problem.
Birmingham Mail: Andreas Weimann has expressed the sympathy for Jores Okore from the Villa dressing room - but tipped Ciaran Clark and Nathan Nathan Baker to safeguard the season in his absence. Villa were rocked by the news Okore faces around nine months on the sidelines after sustaining a severe knee injury in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Newcastle at Villa Park.
ESPN: Villa will get over last weekend's defeat to Newcastle soon enough, but they could be feeling the loss of Jores Okore for the remainder of the season; the length of time the Danish central defender will be unavailable following confirmation of a serious knee injury.
Daily Express: Aston Villa will make another bid for Bulgarian midfielder Ivelin Popov in January after failing with a move for the player in the most recent transfer window. Reports in Russia suggest that Villa were the club that showed the greatest interest in signing Popov from Kuban Krasnodar during the offseason but failed to meet the club's asking price for the 25-year-old.
Best Of The Rest
Daily Telegraph: Stephane Sessegnon is on course for a stormy reunion with Paolo Di Canio this weekend as he prepares to make his West Bromwich Albion debut.
BBC Sport: Manchester City got their Champions League campaign off to a confident start as they beat Czech side Viktoria Plzen with goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.
Sky Sports: Gareth Bale has told Sky Sports of his delight at how his Real Madrid career has started.
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