Ciaran Clark wishes Aston Villa team-mate Libor Kozak well after breaking striker's leg in training ground tackle
The summer signing from Lazio will miss the rest of the season
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Defender Ciaran Clark has wished his Aston Villa team-mate Libor Kozak well in his recovery from the broken leg that resulted from his tackle on the striker in training.
Czech Republic international Kozak, who joined Villa from Lazio over the summer and has scored four times for the midlands outfit so far, sustained the injury last Thursday, with his club subsequently announcing that he will be out for the rest of the season.
Clark, quoted on Tuesday on Villa's official website, said: "He's had his treatment and hopefully he'll come back stronger. All the lads are thinking of him. Hopefully he'll make a full recovery.
"We were playing a possession game and it was a clash of legs. No-one expected it and we thought he was going to get back up. The physio came on and knew it was a bad injury.
"I didn't sense anything was wrong and I don't think anyone did. At the time people thought it was a normal challenge.
"I don't know if it was the impact of the way his leg went but it was innocuous and no-one expected it to be as bad."
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