Villa sweat on Sorensen
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Martin O'Neill says Thomas Sorensen is a major doubt for the visit of Tottenham.
Martin O'Neill says Thomas Sorensen is a major doubt for Aston Villa's league game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The goalkeeper injured his shoulder whilst on international duty with Denmark and, although any fears of a broken collarbone have been allayed, Sorensen is still suffering from bad bruising.
As a result the former Sunderland shot-stopper may be short for the visit of Martin Jol's Spurs - meaning Stuart Taylor could be in line for his first start of the campaign.
"Thomas is doubtful for Saturday. It's severe bruising and very painful at the moment," said O'Neill.
"We've got another couple of days, but at the moment I would think he'd be doubtful.
"Obviously it's a concern for us, but if Stuart Taylor has to come in, that's what he's here for."
O'Neill's patience has been tested by a number of injuries to his players during the international break, with Swedish stopper Olof Mellberg awaiting news of a knee injury that prevented him from playing against Iceland on Wednesday night.
The Villa boss also had further fitness news regarding two of Villa Park's youngsters as he bemoaned the impact of the international week on his squad.
"Peter Whittingham came back with a thigh injury he picked up with the England Under-21s," O'Neill continued.
"He's been in the squad recently but he would be doubtful.
"Steven Davis has reported back with a kick in the leg, but I think he's going to be okay.
"But it's not something that will go down greatly at Villa Park, to find three of our players struggling who have done really well for their countries."