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Vlaar ready to battle for Villa's Premiership survival

Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar claims to be match fit following injury as he targets a leading role in the midlanders bid to steer clear of trouble. With Paul Lambert's side sat just four points above the drop zone, the Dutch defender told the Birmingham Mail: "I feel good, it's 100 per cent now.

"It was frustrating, after my calf injury in December, but I've only missed the West Ham game this time.

"Sometimes you have to make a choice. It is not about one game, it is about 12 or 13, so that's the most important thing.

"The West Ham game was just a little too soon and I shouldn't have played, so that was the right decision from all of us.

"You have to take it from one game to another. Fitness is so important and you can't play at 95 per cent in the Premier League."

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