Jores Okore is nearing his return from injury and it appears it will now be a matter of weeks before Okore features again for Aston Villa. Okore ruptured cruciate ligament back in September against Newcastle. The young defender has been working hard to return to full fitness and has latest Tweets from Portugal and from England have all been positive.
Aston Villa are again having defensive issues, they’re not as significant as last years defensive issues. But Villa are yet to win a game without Ron Vlaar. Okore was brought in to strengthen the defence and once back, he and Vlaar could form a strong defensive partnership. Okore isn’t the tallest, but he makes that up with his pace.
Okore was our second most expensive signing this year costing £4 million but has been limited to 3 appearances. However, Ron Vlaar recently stressed the importance of letting Okore fully recover before allowing him to play. Vlaar has learned from his own experiences with injuries and knows how important it is be fully fit. Some of the consequences may include, a re-development of the injury or the player will struggle with his niggling injury.
A good example of that has been Benteke, following his injury against Norwich, Benteke was rushed back into the starting 11. In-fact he was rushed a little too soon. He struggled on the ball and never looked comfortable.
I’m happy that Okore has recovered much sooner than anticipated but I’d rather see a fully fit Okore play later on in the season, than an 90% fit Okore rushed back into the starting 11. He is a young player after all, he’s got plenty of years left.