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Shay Given (2011-15)

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Alex McLeish has reveled super shot stopper Shay Given is an injury worry as the new number 1 shot stopper hurt his groin during his match saving debut in Villas openind day draw at Fulham.

Given experienced pain in the latter stages of Saturdays scoreless draw following a series of vital saves and the 35 year old goal keeper was unable to take goal kicks.

Given who sustained the groin strain playing his first top flight match since April 2010 will be assessed by Villa's chief medical officer Dr Ian Mcguiness today.

Well this is what we feared when signing him, just got to hope that he only has a slight tightness and not an actual strain, suppose we will find out later. If we need anyone its Given, as he kept us in the game against Foolham.

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Aston Villa are hopeful the groin strain suffered by Shay Given against Fulham over the weekend is not serious.

The former Manchester Cityspacer.gif shot-stopper was struggling towards the end of the goalless draw on his debut at Craven Cottage.

James Collinsspacer.gif took over goal-kicking duty as a precautionary measure and manager Alex McLeishspacer.gif is crossing his fingers on the injury.

Given will be assessed in the next 24 hours and McLeish is remaining hopeful the veteran keeper will not miss any playing time.

"Shay had a bit of a tight groin, that's why James took the goal-kicks. But we're hoping he's okay," he told the Express & Star.

"I need to wait and speak to the doctor but within 24 hours is normally the time to tell."


Given played second fiddle to Joe Hartspacer.gif at City last season and the Republic of Irelandspacer.gif international has expressed his frustration at being forced to watch on from the sidelines.

"Last year was frustrating - it's probably well-documented and the word's overused at this stage," explained the keeper.

"But it's nice to be back and nice to feel wanted again and feel part of the team and be playing in front of big crowds again.

"In the run-up to the game, there was the excitement of the Premier League starting again and, for me personally, knowing I was going to be playing was pretty special.

"So it's great to be back and it's nice to start with a clean sheet with my new team."


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i wasn't worried about his shoulder, but he has had recurring groin injuries in the past-some pundits say it's since the bowel operation he had a few years back. This doesn't seem too serious tho at the moment. But they will have to be careful with this. He has played a few games for Ireland with an injection in the groin in the past. But this just masks the problem

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