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Get Better Soon Wilf

Wilf, get better soon from all at Vital Villa.

The unlucky Dutch international left-back was left in agony as he dislocated his right ankle during a challenge in the match v Odense.

The players who came over to the bench looked distraught and you could clearly see from my pitch level view Wilfred Bouma's ankle at a different angle to his leg. Ouch.

The good news is that Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Bouma has dislocated his right ankle, not great but much better than a break which is what it looked like at the time.

O'Neill told 'The doctor is back from the hospital and says it's a dislocation. Thankfully the skin isn't broken, which is really good news. They've re-set it and he's now in plaster. It's obviously a serious injury to a player who's been playing exceptionally well - he had a great, great season last year and he will be missed. The players are going to visit him tonight and we wish him all the very best and the injury is a big blow to us.'

Chin up Wilf, get well soon.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 26 2008

Time: 8:46PM

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let's hope he's fit soon to play, he's a solid performer!
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26/07/2008 20:50:00

brings back bad memories of when I first joined Vital and fell down four steps dislocating my left ankle, breaking it, snapping a tendon and also breaking the little bone at the back of my leg. I'd only been doing Vital Chelsea for three days!
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26/07/2008 20:52:00

Yeah thank god its only a dislocation. Memories of Eduardo flooded back at the time. Best wishes Wilf, get back soon.
The Usual Suspect
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26/07/2008 20:54:00

Looked horrible at the time, but thankfully not a break, Get well soon!
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26/07/2008 20:59:00

Anyone know how long a dislocation can put a player out for? Get better soon Wilf, we need you.
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26/07/2008 21:05:00

i went 2 the game decent preformance 2. but got home swithched on the recordin 2 look at the injury and i have never heard him scream like that must have been in agony then.. get well soon.. bouma bouma bouma
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26/07/2008 21:14:00

I was sat near the dugout awell and it looked like an eduardo from where i was,Thankfully it wasn`t but it is still a bad one,Get well soon freddie the unsung hero of last season imo.
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26/07/2008 21:35:00

i thought he'd pulled a luc nilis, that was a real nasty one
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26/07/2008 22:42:00

I initially thought it was a Odense player as Wilf's tackle looked wreckless on the friend I was watching it with seemed to think a dislocation takes longer to heal than a clean break, which I'm not sure about??? Gutted for him. Get well soon Wilf.
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26/07/2008 22:55:00

It's his right foot though, so not his kicking foot which is a better I suppose?
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26/07/2008 22:58:00

Wilf's a tough cookie! From his reaction it looked more than just a bit sore :o/ Get well soon Wilf - we gonna miss you!!
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26/07/2008 22:59:00

Been there, done that. Horrible. Best wishes, Freddy for a speedy recovery, you will be missed, I just hope you are back healthy enough to wear the shirt again soon.
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26/07/2008 23:21:00

As a physio it's not all good news I'm afraid.The dislocation is thankfully not compounded but even so there will, I'm sure, be a serious amount of ligamental damage.I would put a guess on it as anything between 8 and 12 wks before he's back.
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26/07/2008 23:59:00

I didn't see it, but from what I read it looked nasty. Good thing it's not a break. Wish him a speedy recovery. Merlin, you poor fella!
Fan of Blues
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27/07/2008 00:05:00

Looked nasty, Bouma will be missed, get well soon big fella.
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27/07/2008 00:15:00

Does anyone remember the other dutch player who we signed years back (striker me thinks) around the late 90's and badly broke his leg. Can't remember his name now, but he was class wasn't he! I was so sad for the guy that after a superb start he would not be able to play again. Lets hope freddy is back on his feet soon and that it is not so serious.
holte ender 1969
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27/07/2008 00:37:00

nilis was belgian but can't think who else u might mean. get well soon freddy
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27/07/2008 00:56:00

To lose one of our most consistent players is a big blow. Get well soon, Freddie, we need you!
Athens Villa
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27/07/2008 01:27:00

Speedy recovery Wilf - he will be missed!
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27/07/2008 01:30:00

ric112, your so right. It must be my early altziemers (sp?). Luc Nilis was a class act and we never got to have the best of him.
holte ender 1969
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27/07/2008 02:01:00

All the best Wilf with your recovery,just think of the big cheers on your return as you are loved at the Villa.
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27/07/2008 07:24:00

Now we need a leftback as well as a rightback-great. Get well Freddy.
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27/07/2008 08:00:00

poor dude, hes a big fella though if anyone on the team can take it itd be him. Hell be back soon, get well wilf. Raises eyebrows for defensive signings now ?
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27/07/2008 09:24:00

He is a big old unit and our most consistent player last season.... I wish him a speedy recovery. Ups the ante on the manager now to recruit a whole new back 4
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27/07/2008 10:03:00

unsung hero at the villa, good luck freddie.
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27/07/2008 10:09:00

Fear thanks for that picture, looks terrible, poor bloke
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27/07/2008 10:29:00

Get well soon, Wilf. From where I was in the Holte, I couldn't see much of the injury, but it looked bad from how the other players reacted.
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27/07/2008 10:41:00

It may sound funny but it looks better on that pic than on the telly, initially I worried for his career he is 30 after all. Hopefully the dislocation means he will back sooner rather than later. Get well soon Freddie!
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27/07/2008 10:59:00

A terrible personal set-back for Freddie, and a huge blow to the club. Mr Consistency last season, he wont easily be replaced. Speedy recovery Freddie.
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27/07/2008 12:58:00

I was by the doug out and could hear him scream, it was horrible, I'm really glad it's not as bad as we first thought!
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27/07/2008 13:30:00

you sometimes don,t realise what a good job certain players do for you.players that are usually 7 / 10 each week. think us villains are about to find out what a good job freds being doing for us.hope everything goes well mate and wish you a speedy recovery
super lionel martin
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27/07/2008 18:25:00

Aint that the truth super lionel martin, Freddie is underestimated by many. We take the guy for granted, one of our unsung heroes if you like.
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27/07/2008 22:29:00

Get well soon Freddie. Your a rock in the Villa defence and you will be soreley missed. Get well soon Freddie.
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27/07/2008 22:58:00

I saw the pics in the paper an intially didn't think it looked that back, but after a while I actually saw what had happened. Nasty stuff .... I hope Wilf has a quick recovery and is back on the pitch kicking some Chelsea players double time!!
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27/07/2008 23:21:00

Dear Wilf, I miss you and love you. Please get better tomorrow.
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28/07/2008 02:44:00

Best wishes Freddie!!! Get well soon man!
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28/07/2008 08:53:00

Get well soon freddie , will be missed a lot
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28/07/2008 11:09:00

Hope you get better soon Freddie:( Just what we didn't need. Our defensive situation has gone from bad to disasterous.
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28/07/2008 20:33:00


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