Ron Vlaar suggests the reason for his inconsistency this season

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar appears frustrated he's not been able to play more than five games in a row this season.

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar told the club’s website he’s found it difficult to string together a long run of games this season.

The Dutchman has been in and out of the side due to injury, with five games in succession the longest run of fixtures he’s been able to put together.

“I haven't been able to maintain a routine of playing every week. I've just played five games in a row and that's as long a run a games as I've had all season,” he said.

“But I can't look back. I have to look forward because we need points.”

Vlaar is a leader in Aston Villa’s back four but his consistency this season hasn’t lived up to the standards he’s set for himself.

It’s difficult for any player in any position to be able to produce a consistent level of performance when they haven’t been able to stay in the side for an extended period of time.

However, the important detail is that Vlaar is now back in the mix of the squad and available at a key stage of the season.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood needs leaders on the pitch to help him out and the Dutch centre back definitely falls into that category.

A good and full pre-season after a summer break is going to be important for him so that he can make sure he’s fully fit, enabling him to hit the ground running next year.

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