Richard Dunne has been ruled out of the upcoming four internationals against England, Georgia, the Faroe Islands and Spain.
Dunne has not played since last summer’s European Championships — undergoing three operations to cure hip and groin problems — and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed the defender won’t be fit for the forthcoming internationals.
Lambert, who also disclosed that Dunne will only be offered a new deal at Villa Park when his current contract expires this summer if he can prove his fitness.
The manager added: “He has no chance of playing international football this summer. Richard has not played for nearly a year.
“To ask the lad to play would be too much at this moment in time.
“He has got to be comfortable himself with the injury. At the minute he is doing really well. Touch wood he will be okay. But he is doing really fine right now. He feels okay and is training with the younger lads to keep himself going.”
As for the contract situation, Lambert added: “I haven’t spoken to him.
“I need to wait and see what his fitness is. The most important thing for me is that he can continue playing.
“He is an international player and this injury has been an absolute nightmare for us and him.
“Once I know we are all right in the league I can address this situation. The most important thing at the moment is for us to get over the line. But the door is certainly not closed in regard to Richard Dunne.”
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