Clark wishes Kozak well after injury

Defender Ciaran Clark has wished his Aston Villa team-mate Libor Kozak well in his recovery from the broken leg that resulted from his tackle in training.

Aston Villa's Libor Kozak

Czech Republic international Kozak, who joined Villa from Lazio over the summer and has scored four times for the midlands outfit so far, sustained the injury last Thursday, with his club subsequently announcing that he will be out for the rest of the season.

Clark, quoted on Tuesday on Villa's official website, said: "He's had his treatment and hopefully he'll come back stronger. All the lads are thinking of him. Hopefully he'll make a full recovery.

"We were playing a possession game and it was a clash of legs. No-one expected it and we thought he was going to get back up. The physio came on and knew it was a bad injury.

"I didn't sense anything was wrong and I don't think anyone did. At the time people thought it was a normal challenge.

"I don't know if it was the impact of the way his leg went but it was innocuous and no-one expected it to be as bad."

Meanwhile, there has been further indication that another Villa player with a long-term injury, Jores Okore, is set to return to action before the end of the campaign, with the centre-back suggesting he will be ready to make his comeback in two to three months' time.

Villa announced in mid-September that Okore could be sidelined for up to nine months after the Denmark defender sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in a match against Newcastle.

But a message on Okore's Twitter account last month said: ''I may be back this season!!!''

And this week a new message said: "People are asking "when I'm back playing" - I be back playing in 2-3 months time."

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