Davies ready for Villa bow

13 September 2007 04:34
New Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has revealed he is fit and ready for action should manager Martin O'Neill decide to hand him a weekend debut. Davies joined Villa on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day but missed their last outing - a surprise 2-0 victory over Chelsea - with a nagging hamstring problem. The former England Under-21 defender is now fully-fit, but after watching the last game from the stands, has conceded he may have to wait to for his debut following the form of Zat Knight and Martin Laursen. Villa are set to take on Manchester City at Eastlands on Sunday. "I was at the Chelsea game and, like everyone else, I was excited by the performance and the result. I'm not sure if it was too good a day for me personally though!" he admitted. "The lads played well and defended like lions so I'm going to have a hard task on my hands to get into this team. "My fitness is good now. I was worked like a dog when I had my hamstring problem but that's what I needed so that when I did join the rest of the lads I was ready to compete. "I'm definitely ready if the manager needs me for Sunday. The first weekend I came I told him I'd be ready if he needed me, but the smart decision was to give me the break knowing that the international break was coming up. "Now I'm fit and as long as I'm in training I feel that I can do a job for the gaffer."

Source: ESA