Houllier set for Carew talks

Carew accused Houllier in an interview in his native country of

being disrespectful after being challenged to prove he deserved a

new contract. Houllier responded after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at

Fulham by saying Carew was “stupid” and to stop “living in the

past.” Carew is already sidelined for a month with a torn calf

muscle suffered in training ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage.

But it remains to be seen whether his outburst will mean the end of

his Villa career. Houllier confirmed: “I shall be speaking to him

(Carew), of course.” Carew had previously played under Houllier at

Lyon before moving to Villa in January 2007 in a swap deal with

Milan Baros. He has been Villa’s leading scorer for the past three

seasons and was on target 17 times during the 2009-2010 campaign.

But Carew has failed to find the net in eight appearances this

season and looked a shadow of his former self. Carew’s injury left

Houllier without a single senior striker for the clash with the

Cottagers when England Under-21 player Nathan Delfouneso led the

attack. But Gabriel Agbonlahor could soon be back available after

resuming training following his groin operation a month ago.

Houllier said: “Gabby is a matter of days now. He’s getting back to

the fitness levels he should be at.”