Luke gets Moore time
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Martin O'Neill will give Luke Moore all the time he needs after his surgery.
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill will give striker Luke Moore all the time he needs to recover from his shoulder surgery.
The 20-year-old striker, who is due to head to the US shortly for a routine check-up, is expected to be out until January, but O'Neill feels that rushing the Moore back into action would be an unnecessary risk to the player's future.
It is now five weeks since Moore's operation, and O'Neill is very satisfied with his progress.
"He's doing very well indeed," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"The temptation, as always with these things, is to start rushing things, but he's got a programme and he has to stick to it.
"He's going back to see the specialist in America soon and he's doing really well.
"I would be loath to rush him back quicker than we initially said because, for the sake of a couple of weeks, you don't want him to have this shoulder problem for the rest of his career.
"He might as well just stick as rigidly as possible to the regime. I certainly wouldn't rush him back for a couple of weeks, knowing this lad has 10 years of a career ahead of him."
The former Celtic boss has also revealed that he expects youngster Isaiah Osbourne to commit his long-term future to the club in the next two weeks.
The 19-year-old received rave reviews after his performance in the 1-0 victory over Everton, comparing his style with that of his role model, Internazionale's Patrick Vieira.
After making his senior debut against Fulham less than a month ago, it has been an impressive rise to prominence for the midfielder, who has also made appearances against Leicester and Liverpool, and his manager is eager to ensure his future lies at Villa Park.
"I would hope, certainly within the next fortnight, to have it sorted out," added O'Neill.
"I started to talk to his agent even before he had broken through into the first team.
"I think that Isaiah would definitely want to stay here and there is no better place for him at the moment."
O'Neill believes that the Everton match showed people what Osbourne was capable of.
"I've got a lot of time for him. He thinks he has ability, I thought he improved and certainly he was more comfortable in Saturday's surrounds than, obviously, a couple of weeks earlier at Anfield.
"That is to his eternal credit. I think he has got a chance."