By Russell Edge
Medics at Aston Villa are hopeful that striker Jonathan Kodjia will have recovered from his broken ankle for the start of the upcoming season, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claims that the injury suffered by the 27-year-old in their second-to-last match of the season was not as bad as once feared.
The player himself also took to his personal Twitter account to reassure fans that he was on the road to recovery:
Don't want to put a time on it but on good way to recovery now.. Thanks for asking
— Jonathan Kodjia (@J_Kodjia) July 23, 2017
Manager Steve Bruce was reported to have been concerned that the Ivory Coast international was set to miss up to six months of action, putting Kodjia out until October.
However, it appears that his return will be sooner than expected, and while the club’s opening fixture against Hull City may come too soon, he is set to be back in and around the first team in the near future.
His return will come as a huge boost for the club, with the forward having hit an impressive 19 goals in his 40 league appearances last season, enough to help him finish as the joint fifth top scorer in England’s second tier.
It was his debut season at the Midlands side, having joined from Bristol City a year ago in an £11million move, having hit 19 goals for the Robins the previous campaign.
He has also demonstrated his fine goal scoring technique on the international stage, having scored four goals in just nine games.
Next season will see him compete with the likes of Scott Hogan, Ross McCormack and Gabriel Agbonlahor for a place in the starting XI, with Steve Bruce having brought in a host of Premier League experience as the club look to return to the top flight.
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