Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has posted an injury update on social media, as he works towards a recovery.
The 29-year-old suffered a ruptured Achilles in training on December 30 and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
He posted this update on Instagram, showing that he is making progress towards a recovery after facing three months on the sidelines.
The Norwegian shot-stopper had made 23 Championship appearances for Villa this season since joining from German second tier side FC Ingolstadt in the summer and had kept six clean sheets.
He saved a 90th-minute penalty to deny Wilfred Bony in the 1-0 win over Swansea City just days before his injury and will now miss the rest of the campaign.
The goalkeeper had been in questionable form for Villa since arriving at the club in the summer and had conceded 34 goals in his 23 league appearances.
Some nervy displays from the goalkeeper caused Dean Smith to sign Croatian international Lovre Kalinic from Belgian top-flight side Gent, but he has failed to impress, conceding 15 goals in eight appearances.
Nyland’s injury also meant that 26-year-old Jed Steer was re-called from his season-long loan spell with Charlton Athletic and he has started the last five matches for Villa, keeping three clean sheets.
Villa are currently sixth in the Championship table and face Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on Saturday.
It is never nice to see a player ruled out for the rest of a season with a nasty injury so it is good to see that Nyland is making progress towards a recovery.
The goalkeeper’s future with the Championship club is uncertain however after some nervy performances between the sticks earlier in the season.
Steer has done well since returning to the club from Charlton and it will be interesting to see who Smith makes his first-choice goalkeeper when all his options are fit.