No date for Houllier return

Houllier remains “comfortable” in a Birmingham hospital after being

admitted on Wednesday evening suffering from chest pains. Assistant

boss McAllister, who has taken charge of the team in Houllier’s

absence, and several of the coaching staff visited Houllier over

the weekend. The players are also planning to visit the former

Liverpool boss, who underwent heart surgery during his spell at

Anfield a decade ago. McAllister said: “We are very much in the

hands of the specialist. There is a lot of monitoring going on,

there are loads of machines in and around Gerard. “As far as I am

concerned, the way I see it, it is a bit early to suggest the

length of time he is going to be in there or what the next step

is.” When asked if Houllier will be unable to return to Villa this

season, McAllister said: “It is hard to tell. “But speaking to the

doctors, it looks like for the next two or three days he is still

going to be in there, being monitored and being looked after by the

best in the country. “With Gerard’s history, it has got to be left

with the guys who know best and that’s the specialist and Gerard’s

surgeon from the first problem at Liverpool.” Villa striker Darren

Bent, signed by Houllier in January, said: “I think the club are

arranging a hospital visit for the boys. “Hopefully I’ll get a

chance to speak to him and go and see him.”