Cuellar: Recovery is going well

The 29-year-old is one of the few Villa players to have met new

boss Alex McLeish as he has been reporting to the club’s Bodymoor

Heath training ground during the summer break to recover from an

ankle injury. Cuellar is set to see out the final year of his

contract at Villa Park with former club Rangers having had a

£1.5million bid turned down. The Spaniard could be back in

light training by the time the rest of the squad returns for

pre-season next Friday and he is eager to be firing on all

cylinders come August 13. “The recovery is going well, I’m gaining

strength and in a couple weeks I’ll be training with the team,” he

told the Birmingham Mail. “If there is no complication I’ll be

ready for the first game away at Fulham. I hope we have a better

season this year.” Last term Cuellar was often overlooked by former

boss Gerard Houllier and he made just 16 appearances in all

competitions. Niggling injuries at the start and end of the

campaign also played a part but Cuellar is keen to put those behind

him and impress new manager McLeish with Ciaran Clark, Richard

Dunne and James Collins also fighting for a central defensive

berth.