Cuellar missing for a month

Cuellar, who can play at right-back or centre-half, suffered the

setback during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield

Road. The effect of his absence has been negated to an extent by

Villa having a fortnight’s break from action. But in any case Young

could be back to add competition for back four positions sooner

rather than later. Villa manager Gerard Houllier admitted: “Cuellar

is going to be out for four weeks. It is a hamstring tear. “Luke

Young has trained fully for the first time this week and we have a

practice game lined up for him. “The game with Blackburn (on

February 26) could be too soon for him but it could be very soon

after that.” Young faces a difficult task to oust on-loan Tottenham

right-back Kyle Young who was part of the England squad for last

week’s friendly international in Denmark. Young has been out with a

knee problem since early December.