Clark backs Kozak recovery
Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark hopes team-mate Libor Kozak will come back stronger after he accidentally broke the striker's leg.
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The incident happened last Thursday at Villa's training ground, when the two players collided during practice.
Kozak was quickly taken to hospital and underwent surgery on his leg the following day, with the injury set to rule the Czech Republic international out for the rest of the season.
"He's had his treatment and hopefully he'll come back stronger and all the lads are thinking of him," said Clark in the Birmingham Mail.
"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 or the way his leg went but it was innocuous and no-one expected it to be as bad."
Kozak had scored four goals in nine starts and six substitute appearances this season, and his absence could now affect Villa's plans for the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, there has been further indication that another Villa player with a long-term injury, Jores Okore, is set to return to action before the end of the campaign, with the centre-back suggesting he will be ready to make his comeback in two to three months' time.
Villa announced in mid-September that Okore could be sidelined for up to nine months after the Denmark defender sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in a match against Newcastle.
But a message on Okore's Twitter account last month said: "I may be back this season!!!"
And this week a new message said: "People are asking "when I'm back playing" - I be back playing in 2-3 months time."