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Aston Villa's Richard Dunne faces race to be fit for FA Cup semi-final

08 Apr 2010 15:24:23

Aston Villa's Richard Dunne faces race to be fit for FA Cup semi-final

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has given his side an injury scare ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea. Dunne was forced to withdraw from training this morning with a sore Achilles. The former Manchester City player has been troubled by the problem in recent weeks and Villa could ill-afford to be without his experience for the Wembley meeting with Carlo Ancelotti's side. However, midfielder James Milner has resumed training after being rested for the game at Bolton last week, also with an Achilles problem. Fitness race: Richard Dunne (right) has been one of Aston Villa's star performers O'Neill said: 'Dunne has had a bit of a setback and he came out of training this morning. 'Richard was a bit sore. It is an injury we have to be nursing through. It has been troublesome for a while but he definitely will want to play.' Dunne has formed an effective partnership with James Collins since his £6million move from Eastlands during the summer transfer window. Midfielder James Milner has resumed training after being rested for the game at Bolton last week, also with an Achilles problem, and is expected to be fit. The club's joint £12million record signing was rested for last week's 1-0 away win over Bolton. Milner, like Dunne, has been a hugely influential figure during the current campaign and is a strong contender to be part of Fabio Capello's World Cup.  Milner in line for Aston Villa comeback in FA Cup semi-final with ChelseaPetrov pleads with Aston Villa boss O'Neill to stay beyond the summerCapello warns Chelsea star Cole to prove fitness or forget World CupWolfsburg admit they fear losing hot shot Dzeko to Chelsea or Man City ASTON VILLA FC


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