Injury blow for Villa's Harewood

25 January 2010 10:49
Instead the 30-year-old player faces being sidelined for most of the remainder of the season with a broken metatarsal suffered in training at Bodymoor Heath.[LNB]Harewood scored six goals in 15 games when recently on loan to Newcastle who were hoping to extend his spell at St James' Park.[LNB]But Villa have confirmed the former West Ham player will have surgery on Tuesday and then be sidelined for up to three months - until the end of April.[LNB]Hull and the Hammers have also been linked with a possible loan move for Harewood who began his career at Nottingham Forest.[LNB]Meanwhile Brad Guzan has hailed the help given to him by fellow Villa keeper Brad Friedel, but admitted his aim was to replace him as the club's number one.[LNB]Guzan admits he has learnt a lot from Friedel since making a £2million move from Chivas USA 18 months ago.[LNB]But he is keen to make his own mark and has been chosen by Villa manager Martin O'Neill to play in the majority of cup games this season.[LNB]And, if O'Neill sticks with the policy, Guzan will appear in the Carling Cup final against Manchester United or Manchester City at Wembley on February 28.[LNB]Guzan said: "Brad has been superb, a true professional, in terms of the conversations we have off and on the field.[LNB]"He has helped me a lot and we have got a good working relationship and a good relationship off the field.[LNB]"He has been nothing short of fantastic.[LNB]"Do I want to replace him? I think in any business, any job, in anything you do, you are striving to get to the top.[LNB]"He knows that I am an up-and-coming goalkeeper who is trying to push for playing time and he respects that.[LNB]"I can make him better, he can make me better."[LNB]Guzan added: "It is the best league in the world and you have got world class players week in and week out.[LNB]"When you play against those guys, it is ultimately going to make you better. We've got loads of them in our dressing room and to train with them is fantastic."[LNB]Guzan is taking nothing for granted in terms of whom O'Neill will choose between the posts at Wembley.[LNB]He said: "For us, the players and the management, that is a long way away. We have got a lot of games before that.[LNB]"When we get there, we would cross that bridge.[LNB]"Would I hope to play in the final? Definitely. I think everyone in the dressing room would love to play in the final.[LNB]"There are not many opportunities as a player that you get to play in a final. For us, it is massive."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk