Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne has suffered a new blow to his comeback hopes.
Aston Villa defender Dunne has undergone two more rounds of tests on his groin with medics still trying to establish the cause of the injury.
Villa manager Paul Lambert admits the on-going injury is now becoming a major concern for Dunne. Lambert said: “Richard went for a test on Saturday and went for another one on Thursday.
“We are now crossing out what we think it might be. It’s just really, really frustrating.
“We are unsure what it is. But it is an on-going problem. It is in the groin area and I think this is what we have to nail down and put to bed one way or another to get to the bottom of the problem.
“It’s frustrating for Richard. I spoke to him and he is concerned.
“He has done bits and pieces of training by himself and with the physios but even that is beginning to hurt him. At the present time we have no idea when he will be available to play again.”
Dunne is out of contract at the end of the season and is running out of time to try and earn a new deal.
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