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Vlaar faces battle for Villa place

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar's first team place is under threat from new signing Jores Okore.

The Daily Mail says Vlaar faces competition from young Denmark international Okore, a £4m summer capture from Nordsjaelland, who has impressed during Villa's warm-up matches, despite his preparation being hampered by injury.

It is unlikely that Vlaar will be given the nod ahead of England Under-21 defender Nathan Baker, who has been the outstanding performer so far during the club's build-up to the new Premier League campaign.

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