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Dunne sets training return

02 Nov 2012 09:04:00

Dunne sets training return

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne hopes to return to training in two weeks after undergoing a second operation on his long-term groin problem.

Dunne has been sidelined since initially suffering the setback with the Republic of Ireland during their Euro 2012 campaign and has not played since. But the 33-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, is finally hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel. Dunne told the Birmingham Mail:

"The last operation I had seems to have really worked so I'm hopeful that I'll be back soon.

"I've set a few targets but I keep missing them.

"It's frustrating when I can do all the running and the rehab but not the final bit.

"But I'm hoping - fingers crossed - that I can start training in a couple of weeks.

"I've got to see the doctor and from there, hopefully it will be the all clear."

Dunne has endured a frustrating period with injuries during 2012 after suffering a broken collarbone which caused him to miss the final part of last season. He said:

"I've been lucky not to have too many injuries during my career but it's been almost seven months where I've not been fit."


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