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David O'Leary believes Villa will reap the benefit of Nolberto Solano's decision to retire from international football.
The former Newcastle United winger made the decision after being surprisingly dropped ahead of Peru’s eventual 5-0 defeat by Colombia, a game in which club team-mate Juan Pablo Angel found the net for the opponents. Given that O’Leary was prone to losing Villa’s most inspirational player last season as he struggled to cope with a gruelling trans-Atlantic schedule, the manager has unsurprisingly welcomed the move.
“There were times when we would go to away matches on a Friday afternoon and Nobby would still be in mid-air flying back from a World Cup match in Peru or other parts of South America,” Tubbs said in a manner not unknown to fans of Mrs Doyle from Father Ted. “He’d be keen to play the next day but after travelling for goodness knows how many hours and the effects of being jet-lagged, you knew they he would be unable to start the game and at best would be a substitute.