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Stephen Ireland arm injury a concern for Aston Villa

Updated: Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 11:06

Stephen Ireland has appeared a player transformed this season under new Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert
Stephen Ireland has appeared a player transformed this season under new Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is waiting to find out the extent of an arm injury suffered by Stephen Ireland at Southampton on Saturday.

The 26-year-old midfielder impressed for Villa at St Mary's but was forced off at half-time as the hosts went on to win 4-1.

Ireland will have an X-ray on a reported broken arm that added insult to injury on a poor day for Villa.

"Stephen Ireland's arm was giving him a problem," Lambert said.

"He's a good player and in the first half we were a threat and he was at the forefront of it.

"We'll have to have a look at it over the next few days."

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