Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Chelsea

Saturday, 07 February 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 5 - 0 A Villa

Sunday, 01 February 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Vlaar admits he is a 'fighter'

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has revealed his battle back from two career-threatening knee injuries have made him the player he is today.

Last Updated: 10/11/12 at 13:42 Post Comment

Ron Vlaar: Admits his battles with injury have made him a 'fighter'

Ron Vlaar: Admits his battles with injury have made him a 'fighter'

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 27-year-old first suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in September 2007 while playing for Feyenoord, the resulting surgery keeping him out for the entire 2007/08 season.

Twelve months later and after battling his way back to fitness, the Netherlands international suffered the same injury during pre-season training, causing him again to sit out the entire campaign.

Thankfully for Vlaar he was able to regain his fitness and form, with his displays at the heart of the Feyenoord defence catching the eye of new Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, who moved quickly last July to bring him to the Premier League.

He has been a mainstay in the Villa defence since, missing just one game - against Tranmere in the Capital One Cup last August.

He admits that his battles with injury have ultimately made him a better player, adding a steel and determination to his footballing talents.

"I was just happy to play again but, as a top athlete, that's actually not enough," he said. "I came from a dark side and I was wondering what level I could get to.

"I'm a fighter. When I started my recovery it was just looking forward and the light at the end of the tunnel became bigger and bigger."

Surgery

He added: "The doctors didn't say something like it could end my career because that's not very helpful in your mind.

"After the second time it was hard until the surgery. Then one way - up."

Villa take on Manchester United at Villa Park on Saturday and Vlaar admits games such as that are why players make the move to the Premier League.

However, thanks to his injury-plagued past he insists he takes every game seriously, regardless of the opposition, as he knows he is fortunate to be playing at all.

When asked whether he will raise his game for the Red Devils, he added: "No. I try to play as good as I can every game.

"Against bigger clubs you are motivated you mean? That is bad, you have to be the same every day.

"I am a player who likes to win every fight, every game. I am looking forward to playing against strikers I have not played against before."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Premier League: Swansea late show stuns Southampton at St Mary's

Swansea City beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon thanks to a brilliant late strike by Jonjo Shelvey.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company