Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:13
Jores Okore has been backed by Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar to 'come back very strong' from his cruciate knee ligament injury.
The 20-year-old Denmark international centre-back, who only joined Villa from FC Nordsjaelland on a four-year contract in the summer, was ruled out for the remainder of this season after suffering the serious injury during his fourth game for the club against Newcastle last month.
Vlaar, who had been looking to strike up a partnership in the heart of the Villa defence with Okore after he managed to break into boss Paul Lambert's starting XI, has sympathy for the youngster. However the Dutchman has vowed that he will ensure he gets the help required to come back even better.
"Jores is so unlucky with his injury," Vlaar told the club's official website. "He's going to come back very strong. A lot of it is mentally, and that's where we have to help him, because sometimes it will be difficult.
"I think he did really great in the games he played. I know what he's going through and I hope that if we can have good results it will help him feel better.
"We try to help him as much as we can. He has to go on. It's going to be a long way but he's going to come back stronger.
"I will talk to him, I talked to Gary Gardner last year. It's little things, you have to try to give yourself a good feeling.
"Make yourself happy even if it's hard, because it's a way of helping yourself recover on your own.
"You do have to do things on your own but we'll try to help him as much as we can."
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