Laursen calls it quits
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Aston Villa skipper Martin Laursen has announced his retirement because of persistent injuries.

The 31-year-old defender has endured an injury-plagued career and has been out of action since suffering a knee injury while playing for Villa in January.

Laursen was faced with a lengthy rehabilitation period on his right knee before he would return to full fitness and has opted to retire rather than undergo another major operation.