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Aston Villa's Martin Laursen retires from football

Knee injury forces Villa captain to hang up his boots


The Aston Villa central defender Martin Laursen has retired at the age of 31. The club captain has suffered from long-standing problems with his knees and has decided to hang up his boots rather than undergo further surgery.


"The retirement of the lionheart defender will be a huge loss to the players, the manager and the fans," said the club in a statement.


The Danish international joined Villa from Milan in 2004 and made 91 appearances for the club, the majority of those coming in the past two years. Injuries restricted him to 12 Premier League starts in 2004-05 and 2006-07 and just one in 2005-06. Laursen's last appearance for the club came in Villa's 2-1 win over West Brom in January.



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