Petrov keeps Villa armband
Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has revealed Stiliyan Petrov will continue to captain the club.
Last Updated: 30/09/10 10:09am
New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has revealed that Stiliyan Petrov will continue to captain the club.
The experienced 31-year-old midfielder was handed the armband in succession to Gareth Barry two years ago.
Houllier said: "I won't change captain. The captain is not only the leader on the field. He is a leader by example.
"He knows what we want to do anyway. I prefer to rely on a group of leaders, two or three players - not only one person.
"One can be the technical leader, one can be the energiser, one can be the captain."
The Bulgaria international has made 134 appearances for the club, scoring five goals.
Meanwhile, Gerard Houllier admits to having a welcome central defensive dilemma ahead of the Premier League trip to Tottenham this weekend.
The Frenchman has compared Carlos Cuellar to Liverpool's versatile defender Jamie Carragher.
Cuellar produced a commanding performance during the derby win at Wolves on Sunday and Houllier was impressed by the Spanish defender's bravery in the 2-1 win at Molineux.
Houllier admits to having a nice selection headache ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane with Richard Dunne set to be available after overcoming a knee problem.
"That headache I can take," Houllier told the Birmingham Mail.
"A bad headache is when you've not got enough players.
"Carlos looked strong and solid. He reminded me of Jamie Carragher. He goes for everything in the air - brave, that's the word."
Houllier is optimistic Dunne will make the squad for the weekend after sitting out the Blackburn and Wolves wins.
However, striker Gabby Agbonlahor picked up a groin strain in training after only recently recovering from his calf problems.
"Don't forget Richard's kept his fitness all right - he will join full training on Wednesday with the rest of the lads and John (Carew) will train Wednesday," Houllier said.
"My concern is Gabby because Gabby again has felt his groin.
"We will have to investigate a bit more. The calves problem has gone, now it's gone up his body. I hope it doesn't go too much higher!"