Steve Bruce has revealed that Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia is likely to miss the rest of the season because of the ankle injury he suffered whilst away with Ivory Coast in November.
It was the second serious ankle injury Kodjia has suffered since joining from Bristol City and Bruce admitted at the time he ‘feared the worst’.
Whilst a specific time frame wasn’t put on his return, the Villa manager has now conceded that his season is over, issuing this response when asked if he could have a role to play this season.
“It’s probably best to forget it. It doesn’t look likely,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
The ex-Angers man has played eight games for Villa this season and managed just one goal. However, last season Kodjia was a talisman for the West Midlands side, notching 19 goals in 36 games.
In his absence, Scott Hogan has been the man to lead the line for Villa and after a tough start has now scored two in two, including the winner at Nottingham Forest yesterday.
Nevertheless, this news is likely to increase Villa’s desire to bring a new striker to the club this month.
Villa fans were probably resigned to this news after the initial diagnosis but it’s still a massive blow.
Kodjia has guaranteed goals since arriving in England and Bruce would’ve hoped he was the man to fire the club to promotion this season.
It is now crucial that a new number nine comes in during the window to give Villa some much-needed depth up top.
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