Monday, 14 March 2011


A deal has been agreed with Aston Villa for Eric Lichaj to remain on loan with the club until May 7.
The defender played the final game of his initial loan period against Ipswich Town at Elland Road on Saturday, but an extension has now been agreed with Villa having the option of a 24-hour recall.
Eric has made seven appearances since his arrival and United manager Simon Grayson has been impressed.
"Eric has done well since he came here," said the United boss. "He's showed his qualities and he gives us good competition in the right-back area.
"We're delighted Villa have agreed to allow him to remain here until the end of the league season."
The American was originally signed following an injury to regular right-back Paul Connolly. The summer signing is now close to full fitness, following a hamstring injury, but he is also one further booking away from a two-match ban.
Lichaj is one of two Aston Villa players on loan at the club with midfielder Barry Bannan, who stepped off the bench for his second appearance during the 0-0 draw with Ipswich on Saturday, on loan until the end of the season.

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