£7m Aston Villa newbie causes Italian international to have 50 stitches with elbow

Libor Kozak unintentionally caught Manuel Pasqual with his elbow on international duty this week, causing a serious injury to the left-back.

It was a deal on Transfer Deadline that appeared to come from absolutely nowhere - Aston Villa snapping up Czech Republic international striker Libor Kozak from Lazio for a reported fee of £7 million.

The 24-year-old striker was last season’s top scorer in the Europa League with eight goals but still found first-team football in Serie A sporadic, and decided to take the plunge into English football.

Now he will be hoping to have a similar impact to that of Christian Benteke at Villa Park, and quickly highlight his talents at the top of the pitch.

This weekend he is likely to make an appearance on debut and did his chances of impressing Paul Lambert no harm with a goal in midweek for his nation against Italy.

But that was not the main impact he made in the game.

Kozak, at over six feet tall is something of a physical specimen, and you certainly would not want to bump into him on a football field. Don’t believe me, ask Fiorentina left-back Manuel Pasqual.

He went into an aerial challenge with Kozak during the tie and caught an accidental elbow across the cranium, that left him looking like he had gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson on the turf.

The cut to the top of his head made Wayne Rooney’s recent head injury look like a graze in comparison, and you can see it in the video below.

BEWARE: The following video contains a graphic head injury that might not be to all viewers taste…


But the most recent developments on the injury are even more staggering, as it was revealed yesterday that Pasqual has received further treatment on the injury - and has now had a whopping 50 stitches inserted to prevent the wound from causing a noticeable scar.

Kozak then is not to be trifled with, although he was visibly concerned and quite generally sorry over the accidental collision - it is important to add.

But the Newcastle United defence may want to think twice about going aerial with the Villa newbie this weekend.

Pasqual, well he is a hard nut, and is considering wearing a protective helmet and playing against Cagliari this weekend…

image: © Piotr Drabik

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