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Football: Villa mark return for Bosnich.

ASTON VILLA goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has been pencilled in to make his comeback against Coventry on February 27 - five months after injuring his shoulder against the Sky Blues at Highfield Road.

But Villa boss John Gregory is sweating over whether central defender Ugo Ehiogu will need surgery to repair the fractured eye socket suffered in a clash with Newcastle's Alan Shearer, and will know in the next 24 hours.

Bosnich is stepping up his rehabilitation programme, and the acid test will come within the next week when he attempts to dive for the first time on the troublesome shoulder on which he had an operation in December.

"Mark is doing most of the things a goalkeeper does, like handling and collecting crosses, and everything is going along fine from that point of view," said Gregory.

"But the test will come when he starts diving around and going down on the shoulder. Then we will see if it is capable of standing up to that sort of pressure.

"If all goes well and the shoulder stands up to that sort of impact then I will be pencilling in the Coventry game for his return."

Regarding Ehiogu, Gregory said: "It is quite serious and we will know in the next 24 hours if he will require an operation.

"Until he gets the all-clear we can't even think about him doing any sort of training."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 1999
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