Aston Villa football club issued a statement of apology today to the Ireland international squad’s medical staff after the club made a number of disparaging comments about the treatment received by Richard Dunne while on international duty this summer.
The club had been frustrated with the way Ireland’s medical staff dealt with the centreback’s groin injury picked up during Euro 2012, an injury that has left the 'Dunny Monster’ sidelined for around two-months.
Today though, the club released a statement to the press that read,
“In a press release dated 1st August, 2012 Aston Villa Football Club made a number of assertions and comments about the medical treatment received by Richard Dunne during his service with the Ireland team during the European Championships.
We wish to acknowledge that Richard Dunne received the highest standard of medical care before and during the Championships and apologise to those involved in providing his treatment if any other impression was erroneously given.”
Dunne is expected to return to action at the end of this month although a cloud of doubt hangs over his future under Paul Lambert as the majority of last season’s back-four have been moved on to new clubs.