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Carlos Cuellar leaves Aston Villa short as defender is ruled out for a month

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18 Feb 2011 10:23:30

Carlos Cuellar leaves Aston Villa short as defender is ruled out for a month

Crocked: Villa's Spanish defender Cuellar Aston Villa utility defender Carlos Cuellar will be sidelined for a month with a torn hamstring. However, right-back Luke Young is close to fitness after being out with a knee problem since early December. Cuellar, who can play at right-back or centre-half, suffered the setback during last weekend's 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. The effect of his absence has been negated to an extent by Villa having a fortnight's break from action. But in any case Young could be back to add competition for back four positions sooner rather than later. Villa manager Gerard Houllier admitted: 'Cuellar is going to be out for four weeks. It is a hamstring tear. 'Luke Young has trained fully for the first time this week and we have a practice game lined up for him. 'The game with Blackburn (on February 26) could be too soon for him but it could be very soon after that.' Young faces a difficult task to oust on-loan Tottenham right-back Kyle Young who was part of the England squad for last week's friendly international in Denmark.  Arsenal and Aston Villa on red alert as Montpellier tell Spahic he can leaveIpswich chief Jewell lines up loan switch for Aston Villa defender Beye Barton urges Newcastle to spend as Enrique is targeted by big boysAll the latest Aston Villa news, features and opinion


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