Dunne close to Villa return

Aston Villa defender set to play in final two games of the season

Richard Dunne: The Aston Villa defender has missed over two months with a broken collarbone

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Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has confirmed defender Richard Dunne is less than two weeks away from returning to the squad.

The experienced defender has been missing since suffering a broken collarbone against Manchester City on 12th February.

Since then, the Villans have conceded 14 goals in nine games, including a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United and a 4-2 defeat at home to Chelsea.

McLeish's side are still not safe from relegation as they sit five points above the drop zone with four games remaining.

Dunne is expected to be back for the final two games against Tottenham (6th May) and Norwich (13th May) but Villa face key games at home to Bolton and away to West Brom beforehand.

Good news

McLeish said on Monday: "It's good news regarding Richard. He has re-joined the group for training today.

"If he doesn't make the game at West Brom this weekend, he should be ready for the Tottenham match.

"With a guy like Dunnie, and with what the modern day physical trainers and medical people do, the aim is to try and get the player up to speed so he can go straight back into the side.

"There should be plenty of preparation work for Dunnie so he can step straight back in."

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