Villa's Cuellar out for a month

18 February 2011 10:41
Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar has been ruled out for up to four weeks after tearing a hamstring.The 29-year-old Spaniard, who can play at right-back or centre-half, suffered the setback during the 1-1 draw at Blackpool on 12 February. [LNB]Better news for Villa is the imminent return of right-back Luke Young, who has had a knee injury since December. [LNB]"Young has trained fully this week and we have a practice game lined up for him," said boss Gerard Houllier. [LNB]"The game with Blackburn [on 26 February] could be too soon for him, but it could be very soon after that." [LNB]Villa, currently 15th in the Premier League table with 11 games remaining, have been at least fortunate with the timing of their injuries having had a fortnight's break in their fixtures. [LNB]With James Collins being rested in last Saturday's draw at Bloomfield Road, it was a chance for Cuellar to impress, but the former Rangers defender limped off after 27 minutes following a challenge. [LNB]Cuellar will miss the home game against Blackburn and will target a comeback at Bolton on 5 March. [LNB]Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Young looks set to return to action having seen a specialist in London to try to solve his ongoing knee problem. [LNB]Young, who has not played since 6 December, has been dogged by injury setbacks this season, with the knee issue following hip and ankle troubles, and has been restricted to 14 appearances. [LNB]Last month, Villa signed Tottenham defender Kyle Walker on loan until the end of the season as cover for the England international.

Source: BBC_Sport