He stayed with Villa for two more years, but the night of this summer at Villa Park would be the last time he would shoot the club’s iconic colours.
Almost a decade since he left Villa Bouma has recalled what happened during an emotional interview with Athletic.
“He was dislocated and they weren’t able to put it back on when I was on the field,” Bouma said. “The 25-minute drive to the hospital was terrible and it wasn’t until it got there that three men were able to bring my foot back. I had some really strange thoughts in the ambulance. I just thought I’d let myself die. I was in so much pain.
“First, the doctors told me I would be out for six months. Six months became nine months, then nine months became a year and it happened like that. I took another stupid injury at training where a teammate fell on my toe. I just took too long to get in shape, but Villa could have let me go in 2008 and I might never have played again. There was no hard feelings.
“That’s not how I wanted it to end, but sometimes bad things happen and good things happen later. For me, it was the PSV that came back for me.