Premier League: Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar back to full fitness
Ron Vlaar claims to be '100 per cent' fit as he targets a leading role in Aston Villa's bid to steer clear of trouble.
Last Updated: 17/02/14 2:44pm
The Dutch defender has been forced to sit out six Premier League fixtures this season through injury, and Villa have failed to win in his absence - losing five of those contests.
His value to the cause cannot be underestimated and he made a welcome return to action in a goalless draw at Cardiff City last time out.
A welcome break in the top flight schedule on the back of that outing has allowed Villa to head off for warm-weather training, and Vlaar has used the trip to build on his fitness.
He believes he is now back at full match sharpness, having refused to rush back from a calf complaint, and is looking forward to skippering Villa through the remainder of their campaign.
With Paul Lambert's side sat just four points above the drop zone, Vlaar told the Birmingham Mail: "I feel good, it's 100 per cent now.
"It was frustrating, after my calf injury in December, but I've only missed the West Ham game this time.
"Sometimes you have to make a choice. It is not about one game, it is about 12 or 13, so that's the most important thing.
"The West Ham game was just a little too soon and I shouldn't have played, so that was the right decision from all of us.
"You have to take it from one game to another. Fitness is so important and you can't play at 95 per cent in the Premier League."