Injuries have been nothing new for Ron Vlaar this season, having missed eight Premier League games so far with continuing calf problems, and now the Aston Villa captain looks set for another spell on the sidelines.
Villa have confirmed that their star skipper has undergone a knee operation which is expected to keep him out for four to six weeks, leaving the claret and blue faithful once again frustrated.
Out of contract in the summer, Vlaar is reported to be intent on a new challenge, but this latest news mean that a move this month looks to be off.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus and Napoli have all been linked to the Netherlands international since his starring performances for Louis van Gaal’s side at the World Cup, but it seem certain that interested parties will now hold off for the moment.
With Villa looking set to lose Vlaar for nothing at the end of the season, the decision not to cash in on the centre-back in the summer now looks like a big mistake in hindsight, and a fair few fans have taken to Twitter to declare as much.
Vlaar out for over a month again should of sold him off in the summer while we had the chance— Jordan (@JordanL_AVFC) January 8, 2015
Speaks volumes of Clark/Okore's progression that Vlaar's latest injury isn't the massive blow it once would have been— Martin Laurence (@martinlaurence7) January 8, 2015
Should have cashed in on Vlaar when we had the chance, the guy is made of glass #avfc— JR (@jejrobbins) January 8, 2015
Vlaar should just retire— Robert Lewis (@RLAV24_) January 8, 2015
Vlaar out again? He's getting more injury prone than Darren 'sick note' Anderton.— dan hodges. (@danalanagram) January 8, 2015
Now Vlaar is injured. If someone wants to buy him for £3 million. Sell him.— Sam (@AVFCSfan) January 8, 2015
Vlaar out AGAIN? Jesus christ Just wish we could hurry up and sell... Useless. Plays 2 good games then misses the next 6!— Shane Parry (@Shane_Parry) January 8, 2015
Personally would rather just get rid of Vlaar tbh, always injured.— Wil (@will_avfc) January 8, 2015
Could of got £10 million for Vlaar last summer— Daniel Beeson (@Beeson7) January 8, 2015
Any football club wanting to sign Ron Vlaar must be mad with amount of injuries he gets.— The Villa Blogger (@TheVillaBlogger) January 8, 2015
Vlaar out for 4-6 weeks. Get Tom Fox on the blower to Louie asap!— Stevie Green (@doe_ray_egon) January 8, 2015
Vlaar out for a month back for 2 weeks thn back out fr a month. Great player but made of glass. Not worth his greedy contract demands. #avfc— Suki Tranter (@suki_AVFC) January 8, 2015
And Vlaar's hurt for 4-6 weeks now. Not going anywhere till atleast the summer now!— TalkAstonVilla (@TalkAstonVilla) January 8, 2015