Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Lyden might have seen his chances of a loan exit from Villa Park go in up smoke after he suffered an ankle injury while playing for the Under-23s at the weekend, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail claims that although the extent of the 21-year-old’s blow is not yet clear, his hopes of earning first-team football on a temporary deal away from the club appear to have taken a blow.

It is understood that multiple League One and League Two clubs have been keeping a close eye on the Australian midfielder and he was contemplating a loan transfer ahead of the upcoming January window.

However if Lyden’s injury is a bad one, it may mean that potential suitors may have to rethink their transfer targets for the winter.

Speaking on his personal Instagram account on Sunday, Lyden admitted that it was a huge blow for him to suffer his setback, but was happy to have seen the Under-23s side win against Norwich.

“Great result and team performance to bounce back with the win against Norwich. Personally gutted coming off in 93rd minute with an ankle injury but will keep fighting and staying positive,” he said.

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Football Insider Verdict

It doesn’t seem as though Lyden is that downbeat about his injury and unless it rules him out for over two months, he shouldn’t worry about getting the loan move he wants. Lyden is highly-rated among the development set-up at Villa Park but seems to have outgrown the Under-23s squad. His experience in senior football is very limited with just eight first-team appearances for the Villains, so a loan move would definitely be a benefit to someone who could be on the verge of Steve Bruce’s squad in the future. Aston Villa could do with cutting some costs in January to try and strengthen the first-team so letting players go out on loan may free up some of the wage bill. Every bit counts.

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