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Fulham finally to benefit from misfortune?

04 November 2010

This is actually how Villa's starting XI take the pitch during player intros.

After several injuries that compromised the start of their season, Fulham (minus long-term injury Bobby Zamora) are just about back to full health and should be feeling confident coming off their finest 90 minutes of the season. That hope may be bolstered this weekend by news coming from Aston Villa’s camp that could leave the punchless Villains even more strapped for attacking options.

According to this report, Emile Heskey tore a meniscus in practice on Wednesday and will be out for a month. Gabriel Agbonlahor is still out with a groin issue, leaving the aging John Carew as the team’s only experienced attacking option. Villa’s woes may be compounding by Steve Sidwell’s illness, which could add him to a midfield infirmary list that already includes Fabian Delph and Stiliyan Petrov, both out with knee injuries. They’re already probable to start a pair of youngsters in central defense in front of former U.S. international Brad Friedel.

With trips to Chelsea (Wednesday) and Newcastle on tap this coming week, these are three important points, and Fulham should get them against a really shorthanded Villa side that’s already 1-0-4 away this season. Generally, I don’t take much satisfaction in beating a shorthanded opponent, but this is an exception. Call it a bit of karmic payback for Fulham for points squandered earlier in the campaign because of injury.

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