Defensive injury concerns for Taylor

Last updated : 23 December 2002 By VillaMAD
Villa boss Graham Taylor is confident that at least one of the trio will be fit for the game at Maine Road although he has put youngsters Rob Edwards and Liam Ridgewell on standby.

“We’ve got Johnsen, Taylor, Delaney, Crouch, Stefan Moore, Staunton and Mellberg all receiving treatment. So at the moment I’ve got three centre-halves all on the treatment table," Taylor told the club's official website.

“That said, I’d like to think that, although they’re in the treatment room, probably one and possibly all of them will be alright.

“Obviously Stan misses the Middlesbrough game through suspension, but we’ll just have to see how serious these injuries are.”