Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark on Villa Park having special spark

The defender says he is raring to go this season after the frustration of an injury-hit campaign in 2014/15.

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has told the club’s official website that he cannot wait for Friday’s game against Manchester United at Villa Park - a ground he considers to have 'something extra' about it.

Both clubs enjoyed a winning start to their respective Premier League campaigns on the opening weekend, with United beating Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford and Villa edging out Bournemouth by the same score.

And Clark says he is relishing their first game on home soul this season, with there few better experiences to be had than a sell out under the lights against Manchester United.

"It's a game we're all relishing and one we want to win,” he told

“It's Man Utd. We're back at Villa Park. It's a sell-out under the lights. I'm not sure it can get much better than that. We love playing at Villa Park. It's obviously an amazing stadium and it's just got that something extra.”

Injury problems forgotten about 

For the player himself, he says he is keen to help the side push up the table after he missed the latter half of last season with a knee injury.

This season will provide a big opportunity for Clark to establish himself as a Villa regular, with main rival Ron Vlaar having left the club at the end of last season when his contract expired.

He already looks to be forming a promising defensive partnership with summer recruit Micah Richards at the heart of Tim Sherwood's back four, and says he is in peak condition to tackle the challenges which lie ahead.

"I am fit and raring to go,” he added.

“Obviously I missed the latter part of the previous season with my knee injury, which was frustrating because I wanted to help the team. But that's behind me now. I am here to do a job for the club and push us up that table.”

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