Villa fans are warned over Downing
By Villa reporter
Monday 23 Nov 2009 21:30:00
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Villa fans have been warned they won’t see the best of Stewart Downing until after Christmas.

The England winger made his Villa debut when he came off the bench in the draw at Burnley, but Martin O’Neill has no plans to rush him into too many first-team starts.

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‘Just to get on the field of play is a very positive sign for him,’ said the Villa manager of the big summer signing, who had not played since breaking his foot while still at Boro towards the end of last season.

‘It might still be a bit too early as, in terms of proper fitness, it will be hard for him at the moment because of the amount of football he has not played

‘I'll be the first to tell you he is not entirely fit but he has been desperate to be involved with us. He will benefit from that [run out] and he can only improve from there.

‘He's a very decent player, he's played a number of times for England and he can play. But I think if he stays clear of injury we'll see the best of him from Christmas onwards.’

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