Cuellar hoping for Villa chance

Spanish stopper targeting run in McLeish's side

Carlos Cuellar: Hoping for extended run in Aston Villa side

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Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar is happy to fill in wherever manager Alex McLeish needs him if it means getting an extended run in the first team.

The Spaniard has made 10 appearances for Villa this season, featuring at centre-back as well as both full-back positions.

Cuellar is likely to start in his more familiar central role against Wigan at the weekend, with Richard Dunne and Ciaran Clark ruled out through injury.

The 30-year-old admits Dunne's absence is a big loss as he recovers from a shoulder injury but is happy to provide cover where manager McLeish chooses to deploy him.

"The gaffer has got options to change the team around," Cuellar told Villa's official website.

"But the worst thing is we will miss Dunney because he was playing so good and he was very important for us.


"It is the gaffer's choice but I'll be happy even if I play on the left or the right - I just love to play for the club.

"My natural position is centre-back so it will be good if I could play some games there but I was feeling good playing right or left too."

Cuellar is hoping for a strong finish to the campaign after seeing the first few months of his season frustrated by a long-term knee injury.

"I feel happy and I feel good," he added. "My fitness levels are high and I feel great again.

"The beginning of the season was really hard because I was injured and I didn't have the same opportunities as the other players to show the gaffer how I play.

"But I played my first game back and it felt good. Now I am playing and I am fighting to stay in that situation because I want to play until the end."

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