Martin Laursen today backed fellow Great Dane Jores Okore to hit back from his Villa season KO.
The ex-Villa defender reckons Okore has already proved himself before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Okore is out for the season after limping off in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle, just his fourth appearance for his new club.
And Laursen – who suffered his own crippling knee problems at Villa – reckons Okore will recover.
He said: “He will get over this. He will be disappointed for a week or two and then he just has to get on with it.
“Coming back stronger than before must be his goal – to be strong and fit and do everything that he can to be better after he comes back
“You want to express yourself, you want to prove yourself because you know you’re good and then you get a big injury and you can’t play and help the team.
“That’s very depressing, but in a way Okore just has to think that he has proved himself, he knows he has the ability, he knows that he can be a good player in the Premier League for Aston Villa.”
Okore signed for £4m from FC Nordsjælland on a four-year deal in the summer and had already spent a month out during pre-season with a hamstring injury.
Laursen joined Villa from AC Milan in 2004 but was restricted to just 13 games in his first two years due to a serious knee problem.
But the 35-year-old recovered to become a fans’ favourite and insisted he knows exactly what Okore is going through.
“I have sympathy for him,” said Laursen, who retired in 2009 after 91 games and 11 goals for Villa.
“I have never had problems with my cruciate. I had meniscus problems and cartilage problems.
“I suffered a knee injury at the beginning of my Verona career and then I didn’t have any problems for five and a half years.
“Then it started when I came to England and did some strengthening exercises which were not good for my knee.
“It was only a few games in, so it’s pretty much the same. It’s depressing. It’s very sad.”