Thursday media watch [02.08.12 AM]: Vlaar reaction/injury latest
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert believes his Villa troops are heading in the right direction as they maintained their unbeaten run in pre-season with a 2-0 win over Peterborough. Daniel Johnson and Brett Holman grabbed the goals in a comfortable victory at London Road that left the manager full of hope for the forthcoming campaign.
Guardian: Aston Villa have suffered a double injury setback with their striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and the defender Richard Dunne set to miss the start of the season. Agbonlahor will be out for four to five weeks with a medial ligament injury suffered during the pre-season tour of America.
The Sun: Ron Vlaar vowed to become the new Paul McGrath after sealing his £3.2million move to Aston Villa. Feyenoord defender Vlaar penned a three-year deal.
The Sun: James Collins is back 'home' at West Ham after moving from Aston Villa.
Daily Star: Aston Villa have been hit by a double injury blow. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor is out for five weeks with knee ligament damage picked up in the pre-season friendly with Chicago Fire last week.
Mirror: Villa new boy Ron Vlaar has vowed to be the next Paul McGrath after joining Paul Lambert's side yesterday. Villa have rubber-stamped the £3.2million deal with Feyenoord for the Dutchman who'll replace James Collins, now back at West Ham in a £2.5m switch.
Daily Express: Aston Villa have been dealt a double injury blow after it was confirmed Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne will miss the start of the season.
Independent: Aston Villa's fourth signing of the summer, Ron Vlaar, is already up to speed on the defensive history of his new club after leaving Feyeboord to sign a three-year deal. The Netherlands centre-back, part of the Euro 2012 squad, is primed to make his mark under new manager Paul Lambert.
Times: West Ham have re-signed James Collins from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, with the 28-year-old Wales defender agreeing a four-year contract with his former club.
Times: Aston Villa have completed the £3m signing of Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord after the Holland defender successfully came through a medical.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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