O'Neill keen to sign players

19 January 2009 02:16
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has spoken of the need to bolster his squad this month if they are to maintain their push for Champions League qualification. O'Neill has seen his light squad hit by an injury to Martin Laursen and a pending three-game suspension for Ashley Young in recent days. Laursen has suffered a recurrence of a knee problem, while winger Young was shown a straight red card in Saturday's 2-1 win at Sunderland. O'Neill is already without striker John Carew (back) and left-back Wilfred Bouma (broken ankle), but has managed to maintain the club's push for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season. But the Villa boss has revealed his intention to make signings during the transfer window. Asked if he was looking to get out the cheque book, he told the Express & Star: "That is what we want to try and do. "I don't think we could keep going in the fashion that we have been doing." Meanwhile, O'Neill has admitted that he does not know when Laursen will be fit to return after his skipper's latest knee problem. "Maybe in hindsight we brought him back (too early) but he felt fine," he said referring to the defender's appearance against West Brom two weeks ago. "He wanted to play but he felt a reaction to that last week and he didn't play at Sunderland. "When will he return? I don't know. We will just have to see when it settles down again."

Source: ESA