By Amir Mir
Jonathan Kodjia has stated on Twitter that he cannot wait to wear the colours of Aston Villa again after the Ivory Coast were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 27-year-old suffered heartbreak as his home country, who needed a win on Tuesday to progress, were instead beaten 1-0 by Morocco.
It meant that the reigning champions were sent home early as Kodjia will now make a return to Villa Park.
During his absence, Villa have lost three out of their last four matches, scoring only two goals, both of which were scored at the weekend during the 2-2 draw against Preston.
Nonetheless, despite being sent home early, this is what Kodjia had to say to supporters as posted on his personal Twitter account.
Sad 2 b out of CAN but messages from the Villan family show how lucky I am 2 b at Villa. Looking 4ward 2 wear the Claret & Blue again #AVFC
— Jonathan Kodjia (@J_Kodjia) January 25, 2017
Kodjia has scored nine goals for Steve Bruce’s side this season, his last goal coming during the 1-1 draw against Leeds in December.
Since his departure, Bruce has utilised, Ross McCormack and Gabby Agbonlahor as forwards, but the duo have failed to find the back of the net.
McCormack has since been demoted to the under-23s after his manager publicly shamed him for blaming his faulty gates as a reason for not turning up to training.
Villa will be looking to pick up their first win of 2017 when they travel to Brentford next Tuesday, with the Midlands outfit looking to close the nine-point gap on the top six.
In other Aston Villa news, this is what Fabian Delph had to say in regards to a return to the club.