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Dunne due to train

ASTON Villa central defender Richard Dunne has set his sights on a return to training in two weeks after undergoing a second operation on his long-term groin problem.

Dunne has been sidelined since suffering the setback with the Republic of Ireland during their Euro 2012 campaign and has not played since.

But the 33-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, is finally hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Dunne said: "The last operation I had seems to have really worked so I'm hopeful that I'll be back soon.

"I've set a few targets but I keep missing them. It's frustrating when I can do all the running and the rehab but not the final bit.

"But I'm hoping -- fingers crossed -- that I can start training in a couple of weeks. I've got to see the doctor and from there, hopefully it will be the all clear.

He added: "I've been lucky not to have too many injuries during my career but it's been almost seven months where I've not been fit."