Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill's secret plans for Reo-Coker

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is remaining tight lipped over whether Nigel Reo-Coker will return to the side for tonight's Carling Cup clash with Cardiff after the training ground bust-up between the pair.

O'Neill confirmed he held a meeting with the midfielder but is refusing to reveal any details of the discussions.

Reo-Coker was dropped from the squad to face Portsmouth at the weekend after the Thursday altercation with O'Neill at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground.

O'Neill confirmed he will make changes against the Bluebirds — but not whether they would include Reo-Coker.

He said: “I had a conversation with Nigel yesterday. It shall remain private. If Nigel or close associates want to divulge what was said, that is entirely up to him or them.”

Striker Emile Heskey (ankle) and winger Ashley Young (calf) are rated as doubtful.

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