Aston Villa injury update: Vlaar problems rumble on

The claret and blue skipper still isn't fit enough to feature against Swansea on the weekend, manager Tim Sherwood has revealed.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed that captain Ron Vlaar won’t be back for Saturday afternoon’s Premier League visit of ninth-place Swansea City but hopes the Dutchman will recover in time for the subsequent trip to Manchester United.

Sherwood was speaking to the press at his pre-match conference, as he bids to continue the club's mini revival with a fourth consecutive win which could vault them over Hull into 15th if their relegation rivals fail to beat Chelsea at the KC Stadium.

Vlaar, 30, has missed the past three games with a nagging calf problem and has featured just once since returning from a knee operation which left him sidelined for four weeks, when he was sent off after conceding a last-gasp spot-kick in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke.

After his impressive World Cup showing, it’s been somewhat of a nightmare campaign for the veteran centre-back, having seen injuries limit him to just 14 appearances, but Sherwood is confident that the coming international break will give him more than enough time to get back up to full speed.

The same goes for fellow absentees Philippe Senderos, Nathan Baker, Aly Cissokho and Kieran Richardson, who the Villa boss thinks could all be in contention come the match at Old Trafford on April 4.

Asked about the fitness situation, Sherwood said: "We are as we were. The only hope we have is this big international break we have now.”

On Vlaar, he added: “The longer it goes, you would hope it'd be closer but we haven't got date on it.

"Obviously won't be going away with Holland because he's not fit for Villa but you'd hope to get a few more back fit by the time we play our next Premier League game.

“I want them all back by the time we kick another ball in the Premier League. We're looking towards that."

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