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Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Nilis starts programme
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Luc Nilis is out of plaster but has a long road back to fitness
Aston Villa striker Luc Nilis has begun his rehabilitation programme following the horrific double fracture of his right leg in a collision with Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright last month.

The 33-year-old is undergoing treatment at a clinic in Belgium and Villa physiotherapist Jim Walker said: "It was a nasty injury but his leg will get better.

"His leg is no longer in plaster as he had an aluminium nail hammered down the bone and that will stay in place until it heals.

"The last thing on Luc's mind at the moment is playing again and we have not even spoken about it.

"When you talk to people who have had serious injuries, their utmost thought is being able to walk again and lead a normal life.

"As their rehabilitation progresses, they start to talk about it."

Nilis has won over 50 caps for Belgium and joined Villa on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.

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