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Aston Villa has loaned American fullback Eric Lichaj to Leeds United for the next month.
Lichaj had been getting decent minutes at right back for Aston Villa, but manager Gerard Houllier singled him out after the team was dismantled by Manchester City, 4-0, on Dec. 28, and Lichaj hasn't played since. Making matters worse for Lichaj, Aston Villa also brought in England international right back Kyle Walker on loan from Tottenham.
Going on loan is nothing new for Lichaj, who spent most of last season on loan at two lower-tier clubs, Leyton Orient and Lincoln City. At Leeds, he'll compete for a League Championship team with serious promotion aspirations. Leeds has six matches during the span of the loan.
According to Leeds' team Web site, first-choice right back Paul Connolly has a hamstring injury, and Lichaj could be in the squad for the team's game against Bristol City this weekend if all of the paperwork is sorted on time.
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