Aston Villa could receive double injury boost for Liverpool clash

Ron Vlaar and Jores Okore are both in a race to reach match fitness ahead of the Villans's trip to Anfield on Saturday.

Aston Villa could receive a double injury boost ahead of the club's trip to Liverpool on Saturday, September 13 as the Midlands club are assessing the fitness of two defenders.

Key defender Ron Vlaar, who was subject to enhanced transfer speculation over the course of his summer due to his extended involvement in the World Cup with the Netherlands, suffered an ankle knock in an injury that did not perturb manager Paul Lambert as slight knocks were to be expected after the Dutchman did not have the benefit of a lengthy summer vacation.

Vlaar, though, was withdrawn from international duty this past week so that he could focus on returning to full match fitness - and the Mirror report the centre back, who was injured in the club's recent clash with Hull City, will be subject to a fitness test in order to determine whether he will be ready to face Liverpool stars like the in-form Raheem Sterling.

Vlaar has played in three Premier League games thus far this season and has been responsible for 21 clearances, two interceptions, two tackles, a block and has a 91% passing accuracy.

The 29-year-old could be joined in competitive action by Jores Okore, who could "finally be back in contention" after suffering a long-term knee injury.

Okore is yet to feature this season but did make three appearances last term.

He also played half an hour as a substitute in Denmark's 2-1 2016 European Championship qualifying triumph over Armenia in Copenhagen, last Sunday.

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