Villa have Collins training with meat to fix foot injury

Aston Villa have tried everything to fix James Collins' foot injury.

Aston Villa have tried everything to fix James Collins' foot injury.

The Villa defender, 28, is battling to be fit for Saturday's clash with Manchester City after a foot problem kept him out of the Wales squad for their Euro 2012 qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria.

Club medics even tried slipping a thick slice of meat into Collins' boot so that he could take part in training while undergoing treatment.

Villa No 2 Peter Grant explained: "We were panicking a bit with James because his foot was quite bad.

"It was like an elephant's foot and, believe it or not, he was training with a steak in his boot!

"We thought we'd try it because it has been used in Germany recently.

"He didn't play with it, because we were worried it might get a bit hot and start cooking!"

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