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Boost for Villa as Dunne poised for training return

Aston Villa prepare to welcome back defender Richard Dunne after the Republic of Ireland international has undergone three operations this season. It has been a nightmare 12 months for the 33-year-old, who was also out injured for nearly three months with a shoulder problem before returning at the very end of last season.

Villa boss Paul Lambert said: "If you look when Richard did his shoulder, he only came back for a couple of games and then had the groin problem at the Euros.

"He's not played much football for a year really. But the (latest) operation in America was successful and the main thing for everyone is to get him back fit."

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