Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar is set to make his return to football action against Everton at Goodison Park after the international break. The Dutch defender picked up a calf injury in Villa’s 2-1 win over Hull City on 31st August and has not featured for Paul Lambert’s side since then.
Vlaar has however declared his plans to return to action for the Everton game. Villa plays Everton after the international break and Vlaar has targeted that game to make his awaited come-back. He will also miss Netherland’s next two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Iceland.
My calf is improving all the time but I’ve already designed myself to missing Holland’s next two European Championship qualifiers, That would make the game against Everton at Goodison Park in two weeks’ time my target for a comeback. It’s so annoying to be missing crucial games against top sides.” Vlaar said
The 29-year-old have played three league matches for the West Midland club this season before being injured. He featured in his side 1-0 win over Stoke city, the 0-0 draw against Newcastle and the 2-1 win against Hull City Tigers. Villa started the league brightly winning three and drawing one of the first four league games including the famous 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
But injury to key player like Ron Vlaar and fixtures against top opposition means they have lost all their last three matches against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. The club currently sit 10th on the log, same points but short on goal difference as West Ham United, Arsenal and Liverpool who sit 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively on the log.
Ron Vlaar has been an ever presence in the Villa side since his £5.28m move from Duntch Eredevisie side Feyenoord in August 2012. He has established himself in the heart of Villa’s defence. He has made 63 appearances for the club scoring only twice since his move. Seen by many as on of the best in the league in his position which have seen him attract interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.
In his absence, Paul Lambert has partnered the pair of Nathan Baker and Phillipe Senderos in central defence but this has not been effective as they have conceded eight goals without scoring any.
His return to action will be a huge boost for Paul Lambert’s side as they look to start picking points again. He is well composed and will brings a lot of calmness to the defence line. His wealth of experience will help the team get points against trickery and tougher oppositions. Aston Villa’s next six games before December are Everton(A), Queens Park Rangers(A), Tottenham Hotspur(H), West Ham United(A), Southampton(H), and Burnley(A).
Internationaly, the experience defender has represented the Netherland U19, U20 and the Dutch senior team. He has made 31 appearance already for the Orange boys and was a regular presence in Louis Van Gaal’s world cup squad that went all the way to the semi finals of the competition. He will however, miss the side’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Iceland.