Knight recoiled from Bouma's 'horror' injury

July 29, 2008

Aston Villa defender Zat Knight admitted his 'stomach was turned' after witnessing a sickening injury to a team-mate for the second time in his career.

Knight saw at close range the horrific knee injury suffered by his then Fulham team-mate Jimmy Bullard against Newcastle in September 2006 which kept him out of action for more than a year.

Then on Saturday he watched Villa defender Wilfred Bouma dislocate an ankle in the Intertoto Cup tie with Odense which will result in up to six months on the sidelines for the Dutch international.

Knight said: 'To see that happen to any player, never mind your own team-mate, is horrible. I turned around and I had to look the other way.

'I just couldn't look anymore. That is the second horror injury I have seen on a football pitch.

'I saw Jimmy Bullard a couple of seasons ago when I was at Fulham and it kind of turns your stomach. Sadly it is just one of those things and you just have to get on with it.

'In the end I hope we went out there and got a bit of justice for Freddy (Bouma). I think it did make us strive to go on and do the business for him.

'We didn't dwell on it. It was something really we didn't want to talk about.

'We just wanted to come out and do well for him and that happened. We just had to keep our concentration on the game.'

Want-away skipper Gareth Barry slotted in effectively as a replacement for Bouma - and Knight is hoping he may after all stay at Villa rather than make the switch to Liverpool.

He said: 'We are lucky Gareth Barry has not gone (to Liverpool) because he can drop in there (at left-back) and he did a great job for us.

'We have got some more big games now starting next Saturday against Reading (friendly) in the build-up to the season and and hopefully we can do a job again.

'The crowd gave Gareth a great reception and hopefully we can keep him here. He is a quality player. As a player you just want to keep the best players around you.'