By Amir Mir
Aston Villa striker Harry McKirdy has suffered a cruel setback after coming off injured during a fixture for the Under 21s.
The 19-year-old was seen clutching his ankle as he left the field during Villa Under-21’s 7-0 victory over Heather St Johns last week.
McKirdy posted on his personal Twitter account that he is facing a spell on the sidelines, despite recently coming back to full fitness.
Here is the club’s academy player informing supporters of the news.
— harry mckirdy (@harrymckirdy8) July 22, 2016
It is not yet known how serious the injury is, but the youngster will be devastated after he was called up by manager Roberto Di Matteo to train with the first-team.
The highly-rated forward scored six goals during the Hong Kong Sevens triumph in May, when Villa beat the likes of Newcastle and West Ham to lift their record sixth title.
On his way to the golden boot, the academy player impressed supporters and coaches and earned the chance to train with the club during pre-season this summer.
With fellow teenage academy players Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Andre Green impressing during the Midland club’s pre-season games, McKirdy will have motivation to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.
In other Aston Villa team news, this academy graduate is keen to use his experience to help the club this season.