posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 05:37 PM
Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen has set himself the target of returning to fitness in time to play in the second city derby against Birmingham
City on December 12.
The Danish international has missed Villa's last six games after undergoing knee surgery, but is optimistic about his chances of a pre-Christmas
return after beginning his rehabilitation work.
"It's 17 days since the operation," Laursen told the club's official website.
"I've been walking around without crutches for three days. I can do some cycling, I walk a bit, I do some work in the pool and some weight training -
though obviously not my left knee.
"I feel a bit sore, but I feel okay. The plan is that we are going to see the doctor next Tuesday and then we will decide after a scan if I can start
to do a bit of jogging.
"The plan is that I'll do that for a week and then I'll be able to go outside and do some ball-work for a further week. So hopefully five weeks from
the operation I can train normally with the team, but it will probably be two months before I am completely fit.