Aston Villa have given us a bit of bad news ahead of this weekend's clash with Chelsea:
Paul Lambert says @RonVlaar4 "really struggling" for the @ChelseaFC game. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/GEPDLfAGue— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) September 25, 2014
That's certainly not what we wanted to hear when Villa are about to face off against the rampaging Diego Costa. You know, the man who scored 36 goals for Atletico Madrid last year. Perhaps you may know him better as the player who scored seven goals in his first four matches with Chelsea. Or perhaps you'd rather think of him as "the man who eviscerates defenses."
There is good news, though! Costa was held without a goal last week against Manchester City, so we know that it is possible.
And really, with the way Villa's defense have been playing (illness-plagued five minutes against Arsenal aside) not having Vlaar isn't the worst thing in the world. Is the back line better if Vlaar is a part of it? Absolutely. But they aren't shambolic without him.
At least that's what we can hope.