Cahill still sidelined for Premier League

by AAP on Apr 03, 2011

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Expectations that Everton midfielder Tim Cahill would cause a headache for Premier League opponents Aston Villa on Saturday were not realised with the Australian failing to run on at Goodison Park.

A foot injury that sidelined Cahill for the Socceroos' 2-1 victory over Germany on Tuesday is suspected to have kept the 31-year-old off the field for his club's 2-2 draw in Saturday's middle-of-the-table clash.

Despite a cloud hanging over Cahill's appearance, British bookmakers on Friday had him as their 4-1 favourite as the match's first goal-scorer, according to Birmingham Mail.net.

Cahill, who has not hit the back of the net in his last seven matches, would have been well positioned to break his scoring drought, with a strong record of four goals and two assists in Everton's past six matches with Villa.

There were no injury worries for fellow Australian midfielder Rhys Williams, who scored for Middlesbrough in their 3-3 draw against Leicester City in the Championship.

A shot from Williams in the 55th minute took the home side to just one goal behind at 3-2.

A Stephen McManus goal in the 90th minute meant a draw for Middlesbrough, who were underdogs going into Saturday's clash.

William's efforts in the 85th minute also earned him a yellow card after a foul on Richard Wellens, with referee Andy Haines citing "unsporting behaviour" and granting a Leicester City free kick.