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Midfield ace Ireland out for a "few weeks" with broken wrist

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Midfield ace Ireland out for a "few weeks" with broken wrist

By Paul Brown

Paul Lambert has confirmed midfielder Stephen Ireland has broken his wrist and will be sidelined for a "few weeks."

Ireland injured himself in the game at Southampton, coming off at half-time in the St Mary's loss.

Lambert was initially concerned the problem could sideline the playmaker for months but the new diagnosis is a great relief to the manager, who has been pleased with Ireland's input since the start of the season.

In fact, he insisted that Ireland's substitution in the Saints match played a part in Villa's second half surrender.

Speaking directly after the Manchester City win, Lambert said: "It's not Stephen's arm. It's his wrist.

"I don't think it's as bad as we thought. Hopefully he will be back in a few weeks time.

"Injuries happen. It's unfortunate for Stephen and it's unfortunate for us.

"But he won't be out for the number of weeks we thought he would be."

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By @AVFCOfficial 27th September 2012
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