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Caring Vlaar happy to visit upbeat Kozak for a cuppa

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Caring Vlaar happy to visit upbeat Kozak for a cuppa


Ron Vlaar was thrilled to see Libor Kozak in confident, upbeat mood - as the skipper visited the injured forward at his home.

Vlaar was in a party of players and staff who went to see Kozak, who broke his leg in training, for a cup of tea and chat.

And rather than needing to lift the striker's spirits, Vlaar was delighted to be met by a determined Kozak who was already looking forward to the 2014-15 term.

He told AVTV: "I saw Libor this week. I went to his house for a cup of tea.

"He's doing well. It's hard for him. But he's positive and determined. He's already thinking of his recovery for next season.

"He has to take it easy with crutches at the moment. But we will all try to help him.

"His season is over. But he will be back strong next season. That's what he is going for and looking for.

"The players and staff visited him. It's always good to do that. I know what he's been going through. It's always good to have people around you. That was important. It's not just about football - it's about friendship too.

"The injury is obviously a big blow, for him and the team.

"I have some experience with long term injuries. I will try to help him to stay positive.

"It will be tough some of the time. You have to look forward, believe in yourself and trust the people around you who help you come back.

"You can work on your body, make it strong you have all the time for that.

"When you come back you will feel blessed and enjoy football more. I felt that.

"When you play another game at a full stadium, there are no words to describe that feeling. Libor will have that feeling next season."

Vlaar believes that Jores Okore's attitude is an example for Kozak, as the defender continues to smile his way through a long recovery from an early-season knee injury.

Okore is on the long road to full fitness but what struck Vlaar was the way he dealt with the difficult steps on the way.

He added: "I was with him a lot the last few weeks. What I see is that he does well. His recovery goes well.

"He is a great guy. He is always happy. He's not playing but everyone knows he is part of the squad.

"He is always positive. It will be hard sometimes, they will be difficult moments but you have to enjoy every step because it's a long way. But he's doing great."

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By @AVFCOfficial 9th January 2014
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