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O'Neill upbeat about Barry
10 Jan 2009 - 10:06:35
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is confident that Gareth Barry can carry on playing for the time being, despite being troubled by a groin injury.
The 27-year-old England international was forced to miss last weekend's FA Cup third round victory at Gillingham, but is expected to be back in action sooner rather than later.
O'Neill said: "His is a situation where we will just monitor it. If it gets really bad, then we will maybe have to take him out of things and do one of those little operations.
"But, at the moment, I am miles ahead of myself. Gareth is happy to continue on.
"The groin was the sorest it has been against Hull and I thought it was restricting him in the game, but he has had a rest for a few days and now he wants to play.
"The groin first flared up a couple of months ago, but players get niggles and they go through them. Gareth would play through them like some of the other boys in the team.
"It is not one of those that is going to do him irreparable damage.
"Yes, it can get progressively worse and then we will monitor it, but the scans were okay."