July 19, 2015 11:29:15 UK
Former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar is set to be sidelined for the rest of the year after being forced to undergo more surgery on a long-standing knee problem.
The 30-year-old Netherlands international is out of contract at Villa Park, but is now unlikely to agree a new deal there or elsewhere until he has recovered fully from fresh injury misery.
There is only one thing in my mind and that is to be completely fit again.
Having gone under the knife in Rotterdam earlier this week, Vlaar confirmed via Twitter: “Instead of four weeks rehabilitation, it will now take three to four months.
“On hearing this news I was stunned and I struggled to keep my composure. Even now when I think about it, the news is very hard to swallow.”
However, Vlaar appeared to take a more positive view of things when he later released a further statement which read: “I have faced tougher situations in my life and always managed to overcome them. I am proud of what I have achieved in my career and I am positive that with the support of the people close to me I will come back stronger again.
“There is only one thing in my mind and that is to be completely fit again.”
Vlaar joined Villa from Feyenoord in the summer of 2012 and made nearly 90 appearances in all competitions for the Midlanders, although he is currently a free agent, having been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Southampton.
Meanwhile, Villa, who have just agreed a deal for Nice defender Jordan Amavi, can be backed at 3.75 to be relegated next season, with Newcastle United 6.00 and Sunderland 3.25.
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