Villa Worried Over Yorke Injury

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Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has taken medical notes from pyhsiotherapist Jim Walker on what could prove to be a wasted 10,000 mile round trip to the Caribbean.

The FA Premiership club have asked Trinidad and Tobago to follow Walker's advice in the treatment of the hamstring injury Yorke sustained in last weekends win against Derby County.

Villa believe there is little or no chance that Yorke will be able to play in his country's World Cup qualifying game against Costa Rica at the weekend.

They wanted to monitor his progress in Birmingham at least until Thursday, but the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association requested that he should travel to Port of Spain.

Manager Brian Little said: "There is so much hype going on over there with this match that they fell it is important for Dwight to be with them.

"Our physio has given them some notes on how to deal with the injury and I'm 99% certain he won't be playing."

Villa are worried that the travelling will hamper the chances of last season's top scorer recovering before a seven day schedule of matches against Everton, Arsenal and the home leg against Helsinborgs in the UEFA Cup.

Secretary Steve Stride flew to Sweden today to check out hotel accommodation, security arrangements and the ticket allocation for Villa fans for the second leg on September 24.