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Shay Given. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Shay Given. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Shay Given. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

SHAY GIVEN hopes that he can secure a rapid exit from Aston Villa, even on loan, after his successful loan spell in the Championship came to an end.

Given played for the last time in a three-month loan deal with Middlesbrough on Saturday, the Donegal man keeping yet another clean sheet for Boro against Leeds, his 10th clean sheet in 16 games.

But his 93-day loan spell is now up and Given is forced to return to Villa Park, where he knows his is not wanted.

"It looks like I will be going back and I won't be playing much football. That's the situation I am in. Hopefully something will happen in the summer somewhere," said Given.

"It has been really frustrating not playing before I came here. That's obvious for everyone to see and the window doesn't open until the summer, so maybe there is a Championship club out there who might want me.

"I might go back out again somewhere before the end of March. Aston Villa want me out of the door, so something might happen.

"It was a bit emotional at the end of the game because all the fans gave me a standing ovation.

"I would like to thank them genuinely. It's a wrench to leave, I would have liked to have stayed until the end of the season," added Given, who still has two years left on his £60,000-a-week deal at Villa.

FORDE TIPPED FOR FAST RETURN

MILLWALL are confident that Ireland keeper David Forde will be back in action next weekend, even though the Galway man suffered a dislocated finger last weekend.

Forde has been a key figure for the Lions in their battle to avoid relegation, but he suffered in the line of duty last weekend towards the end of a defeat by Barnsley as the club's medical staff had to work him on the field of play, but that should not keep him out of action.

Millwall physio Bobby Bacic said: "Luckily, he managed to remain very calm and allow the finger to be relocated on the pitch, which is a very painful procedure.

"In a way, it adds further insult to injury as it is just as painful as the original force needed to dislocate the finger in the first place."

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE


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