By Amir Mir

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer is thought to have suffered a ruptured Achilles in training which could rule him out for the rest of the season, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail claim Villa’s understudy keeper faces a lengthy spells on the sidelines after sustaining the injury this week.

If the news were to be true, then it would be a big blow for the youngster who has found first-team football hard to come by in recent seasons.

The Midlands side have utilised Italian Pierluigi Gollini and Mark Bunn in goal during their Championship campaign under the stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Bruce.

Steer, 24, has only been on the bench on two occasions this term as he has failed to make a first-team appearance.

The former England under-19 international was signed by former boss Paul Lambert in 2013, but Steer has gone on to play only four senior games since.

He has had loan spells at the likes of Doncaster and Huddersfield Town in between those limited appearances, with his last game for his parent club against Burnley in the 2014/15 Premier League season.

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