Davies to return to training

Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has been given the go ahead to resume training after three months on the sidelines following shoulder surgery.

The former England Under-21 player went under the knife in mid September after his shoulder popped out of its socket three times in the space of a month.

Davies had been expected to be recuperating until the new year, but will return to training next week ahead of schedule.

Villa boss Martin O’Neill confirmed: “Curtis has had some really good news. He saw the specialist and he has given him the okay to train.

“It is one of those injuries where you wouldn’t have been tempted to rush anyone back but he has been doing very well.

“The original time frame was about 16 weeks but Curtis is the sort of person who is always determined to come back ahead of schedule.

“I think the specialist is pretty pleased, and so are the physios here who have worked very hard with him.

“He was ill for a couple of days last week but, with a wee bit of luck, should join in with us training-wise next week.”

Davies made the £10m switch from West Brom two years ago after initially spending a season on loan and formed an effective partnership with Martin Laursen.

But he will face a battle to regain his first-team spot with O’Neill having signed Richard Dunne and James Collins in the summer, while Carlos Cuellar has impressed this season.

More in this Section

FAI to seek government help to deal with cost of Covid-19FAI to seek government help to deal with cost of Covid-19

Tyson Fury will ‘never tire of beating Deontay Wilder’Tyson Fury will ‘never tire of beating Deontay Wilder’

Jamie Murray thinks Wimbledon will be cancelled-Rescheduling will be difficult Jamie Murray thinks Wimbledon will be cancelled-Rescheduling will be difficult

Football rumours from the mediaFootball rumours from the media


It’s amazing what you become thankful for when you go down with suspected coronavirus and enter self-isolation, says Ella Walker.10 things self-isolation makes you really appreciate

Suddenly those Facebook groups are a godsend…Social media can be a true support in isolation – here’s how

If isolation means your locks are already out of control, it might be time to take matters into your own hands, says Prudence Wade.Everything you need to know about cutting your hair at home

It might feel unnatural to breathe deeply, but it can help to calm an overactive mind. Liz Connor reveals how to inhale and relax.3 breathing exercises to help with stress and anxiety

More From The Irish Examiner