Villa crock Davies: It's part of football

Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies admits he's frustrated after an Achilles injury curtailed his excellent season.

Davies will not be back until at least September after suffering the setback against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

But Davies is already channelling his thoughts on making a return to action as soon as possible with Martin O'Neill's side.

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Davies said: "I just lay there frustrated because I knew I was facing a long time out. I'm gutted to be ruled out at such a vital time.

"It's going to be a shame to miss the run-in but that's football and you have to accept that.

"I knew straight away what it was. I'd just turned to get back into my position. I didn't do anything too strenuous and I felt and heard the Achilles pop.

"I've been told by someone who's done it before that you hear it. It's like a gunshot. Zat Knight even heard it from right-back and I knew exactly what it was straight away.

"Look at Eduardo last week. A nothing tackle has caused him a really bad leg break and he's out for a while. Me, I was nowhere near anyone and I'm out for a while.

"That happens in football. Sometimes you get away with things and sometimes you don't."

Davies added: "It doesn't actually feel too bad. Even at the time I think Roddy Macdonald (Villa club doctor) was quite surprised that I could look him in the eye and tell him that I'd popped my Achilles.

"There's not much pain there, just a few aches where the blood flow isn't quite right. Other than that I'm fine and I just want to focus on getting back."

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