Villa midfielder Hendrie considering loan move

September 14, 2006

Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie will consider leaving the club on loan after admitting his first-team opportunities are becoming increasingly limited.

The 29-year-old is Villa's longest serving player and made his debut in the 1995-96 season.

However, such is Villa's strength in midfield following Stiliyan Petrov's arrival that captain Gareth Barry has been squeezed out of Martin O'Neill's central three and switched to left-back.

Under such circumstances, Hendrie admits his best option might be to try to impress O'Neill while gaining first-team experience at another club.

Any such move will have to wait until Hendrie recovers from a calf injury, but the loan option is one which Barry is agreeable to.

He told the club website: 'I'd sooner be playing in our team, but my chances are quite limited and that could be an opening I may have to consider because I want some games under my belt.'

The calf injury has caused Hendrie considerable frustration, and he added: 'It's been awful for me so far and I need something to change - I need some good fortune because I feel the lowest of the low at the moment.

'I've lost another opportunity to show the new gaffer what I can do. This has just topped it off after what happened last season.

'I was hoping for a fresh start but I've had a couple of niggling injuries which have set me back - that's the story of my luck over the last 18 months.

'It's good around the club and it's great the new gaffer has come in - he's very good. But it's hard not being able to show him what I can do.'