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BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | A | Aston Villa | Villa's Laursen forced to retire


Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen has announced his retirement after admitting defeat in a battle against persistent knee problems.

The former Denmark international, 31, suffered his latest injury against West Ham in December and has since made just one appearance this season.

After an unsuccessful return to light training in March, he has now called a close to his career.

Laursen made 91 appearances and scored 11 goals in his time at Villa Park.

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- wow. what a loss. Sad for the guy. A good defender who could have achieved more without the ijuries.
To think he was at AC milan....
 

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Always sad when a player is forced to retire prematurely. He was a rock for Villa, especially in the first half of the season when they were looking good for 4th place.

O'Neill has a real job on his hands in trying to replace such an influential defender
 

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Aston Villa's Martin Laursen retires from football

• Knee injury forces Villa captain to hang up his boots
• Laursen 'will be a huge loss to the players, manager and fans'

guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 May 2009 12.09 BST



The Aston Villa central defender Martin Laursen has retired at the age of 31. The club captain has suffered from long-standing problems with his knees and has decided to hang up his boots rather than undergo further surgery.

"The retirement of the lionheart defender will be a huge loss to the players, the manager and the fans," said the club in a statement.

The Danish international joined Villa from Milan in 2004 and made 91 appearances for the club, the majority of those coming in the past two years.

Injuries restricted him to 12 Premier League starts in 2004-05 and 2006-07 and just one in 2005-06. Laursen's last appearance for the club came in Villa's 2-1 win over West Brom in January.


 

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That means they've lost Melberg & Laursen in the one season. That's a huge, huge blow to them.

In fact O'Neil's summer spending should be for a top center back & then he could move Cuellar into the middle.

I think Cuellar is ready to take on a little more responsibility.
 

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I feel very sorry for him. He was an excellent defender, who could have been better had he not had those bad injuries beforehand. Villa have really missed him since he got injured.

He seemed to be a genuinely good person as well though. It's always sad when somebodies career is cut short, but especially when he has the attitude and personality of Laursen.
 
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