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Villa skipper Vlaar intent on quick return

Ron Vlaar is determined to be back in action for Aston Villa as quickly as possible.

The Dutch defender has missed the past two Villa outings after succumbing to a calf injury at half-time of the 3-2 win at Southampton on December 4 but has his fingers crossed that he is not too long out as the hectic festive schedule approaches.

"Like any other player, I do everything possible to remain at peak fitness but I felt my calf during the first half at St Mary's and it really stiffened up at half-time so there was no point in continuing," he said.

"I was just delighted that the lads emerged from a very difficult game with all three points after a remarkable 3-2 win.

"Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back because I remember how infuriating it was to be out of action last winter."

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Andrew Slevison
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