The 28-year-old had surgery in the
O'Leary bolstered Villa's defence by signing Wilfred Bouma from PSV Eindhoven, and we will have to hope his comically inept performance at left-back on Monday was simply an aberration. The gauche Liam Ridgewell has lined up alongside Olof Mellberg thus far, while the impressive Gary Cahill is still awaiting his first-team bow, and Villa’s options look a little limited.
But for Laursen it is the latest blow since his £3m transfer from AC Milan last summer. He has played just 13 times due to ongoing problems with his knee and his only first-team appearance during the current campaign was on the opening-day draw against