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By Amir Mir

Jordan Amavi has told the Aston Villa supporters that he “really appreciates” their messages after they wished him well on his 23rd birthday.

The France under-21 international is a fan favourite amongst the Villa Park supporters because of his style of play.

He joined the club from Ligue 1 outfit Nice in 2015 but he suffered a serious knee injury four months into his debut at the Midlands outfit.

During his absence on the sidelines, Villa picked up only three wins all season long as they were relegated from the Premier League for the first time in nearly three decades.

Despite being a highly-rated youngster, the left-back opted to stay at the club and on his 23rd birthday, he had this message to the well-wishers.

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“Thanks for all your messages,” Amavi wrote on his personal Twitter account. “I really appreciate it.”

Amavi has recently lost his place in the side with manager Steve Bruce opting to play January signing Neil Taylor in his position.

As a result, the Frenchman was dropped to the bench for three matches before Bruce was forced to start Amavi on the left wing during the 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.

This season, he has played 26 Championship games for the struggling Midlands club, starting 20 of those encounters where he has provided one assist.

Amavi will be hoping to be in the starting XI line-up when Villa take on promotion chasers Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday in front of their own supporters.

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