By Abigail Withey 

Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia has revealed that he is “still not 100%” after returning from a serious ankle injury.

The 27-year-old fractured his ankle back in April during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, and has since missed 18 games for the Championship side.

After remaining on the sidelines for a number of months, the Ivory Coast international rejoined the Villa squad during his side’s clash against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Kodjia was also picked in Steve Bruce’s starting XI which secured a 3-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday, but the goal scorer has revealed that he’s not back to full fitness.

The former Bristol City player opened up to fans on his personal Twitter account, and said: “Good to start again, still not 100% but every little minute helps getting there.”

Steve Bruce’s side secured their second win of the competition at the weekend following a string of disappointing draws and defeats.

The victory was won thanks to goals from Albert Adomah and Keirnan Davies, which marked the club’s first away win since March.

The result ensured that Bruce’s side were awarded three points which meant the club climbed five places in the Championship standings to thirteenth position.

Villa will look ahead to Tuesday’s fixture as they meet Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup just a week after their goalless draw at their home ground.

In other Aston Villa news, Simon Jordan has sent a message to the fans after Birmingham sacked Harry Redknapp.

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