Friday media watch [03.01.14 AM]: Papers on Kozak injury
Birmingham Mail: Libor Kozak is out for the season after breaking his leg in training. Kozak suffered the serious injury to his right leg in an accidental collision with Ciaran Clark on the main practice pitch at Bodymoor Heath yesterday. Birmingham Mail: It was more Ron-dezvous, than a rendezvous. But Matt Lowton has revealed how a rearguard rally called by captain Ron Vlaar has helped Villa address their defensive deficiencies.
Birmingham Mail: Ciaran Clark is expected to fill the breach left by Ron Vlaar's latest setback in the FA Cup tomorrow. Vlaar will be rested for the third-round tie against Sheffield United at Villa Park after hobbling out of the 1-0 win at Sunderland on New Year's Day with a recurrence of his nagging calf problem.
Birmingham Mail: Nigel Clough has injury concerns over two of his Sheffield United first-teamers ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie at Villa Park. Forward Jose Baxter and midfielder Stephen McGinn both limped out of Wednesday's 2-1 League One defeat at Walsall with knocks.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert reckons Wigan would gladly trade their FA Cup triumph for top-flight football after re-iterating that the Premier League is Villa's priority. Villa have failed to lift domestic football's most famous knockout prize since 1957 and kick off their latest campaign against Sheffield Untied at Villa Park tomorrow afternoon.
The Sun: Paul Lambert believes most top bosses would prefer not to play in the FA Cup. The Aston Villa manager's side play Sheffield United tomorrow in the third round.
Daily Star: Aston Villa are reeling after £7m summer signing Libor Kozak broke his leg in a freak training ground accident yesterday. The 24-year-old Czech international striker was taken to hospital after a collision with Ciaran Clark.
Mirror: Paul Lambert is reeling from a "massive" blow after Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak suffered a broken leg. The £7million summer signing from Lazio will undergo an operation today.
Daily Express: Aston Villa fear Libor Kozak will miss the rest of the season after the £7million striker suffered a suspected broken leg in training yesterday. The deadline-day arrival from Lazio was involved in an accidental collision with team-mate Ciaran Clark during a morning session ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup third-round clash with Sheffield United.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak is set to miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg in a training game. The 24-year-old Czech Republic player fell under an innocuous tackle by Ciaran Clark at Villa's Bodymoor Heath base yesterday.
Times: Paul Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, has admitted that the FA Cup represents a distraction from his primary focus of securing another year in the Barclays Premier League.
Telegraph: Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak will miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg in training yesterday. The 24-year-old, who signed for Villa in the summer, is set to undergo surgery today.
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