Villa skipper's not bothered by squad rotation
By Villa reporter
Sunday 20 Dec 2009 21:25:00
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Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov says Martin O’Neill will not see a dip in quality or strength if he rotates his squad to cope with the busy holiday period.

The team face critical clashes at Arsenal and at home to Liverpool as they set out to show their bid to finish in the top four is a sustainable one.

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With FA Cup and Carling Cup ties coming hot on the heels of the big league double-header, O’Neill is likely to have to dig deep into his squad to get by.

And Petrov said: ‘We are all working for the team. It is very frustrating because every one of us wants to play, which is natural for every footballer, but we know only 11 can start.

‘It is good that we have people on the bench like Nigel Reo-Coker and Habib Beye who could easily walk into the team if the manager decides to pick them. That is great competition that can make us stronger.

‘I think the manager excepts we might need to rotate, he knows that. That is why we have so many players and we have got two teams equal here now so he can rotate without worrying about getting weaker.’

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