Hong Kong phewy for injured Ste

22 July 2011 03:46
Stephen Ireland will undergo a scan on a hamstring problem, but will travel with Aston Villa to Hong Kong as Alex McLeish 'needs to watch' him.[LNB] The midfielder picked up an injury during Villa's 3-1 friendly victory over Walsall on Thursday.[LNB]He lasted just 35 minutes of a contest which marked the start of Alex McLeish's reign as Villa boss.[LNB]It is hoped that the knock is nothing serious, allowing Ireland to play a full part in the rest of pre-season, but he will undergo medical tests just in case.[LNB]"He was very involved in most of the moves in the first half," McLeish told the Birmingham Mail. "He had a little bit of a sore hamstring so he was maybe over doing it a little bit on the training ground.[LNB]"We'll have to be careful with him because, in terms of playing games, he's not played a lot in the last couple of years.[LNB]"We need to really watch Stevie and keep the reins on him.[LNB]"He'll probably get a scan, but he'll still come to Hong Kong.[LNB]"He's doing extra work at the training ground and obviously when players show that kind of enthusiasm it's hard to hold them back.[LNB]"But we hope that it's just a little nick and not a tear."[LNB]Ireland is eager to impress after being frozen out of the first-team picture by Gerard Houllier last season, leading him to take in a loan spell at Newcastle.

Source: Team_Talk