By Abigail Withey

Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia has thanked the clubs’ supporters for being with him every step of the way in his recovery from a serious injury.

The 27-year-old has been out of action since April after fracturing his ankle during a 1-1 draw at Blackburn which meant that he has missed a total of 18 games for the club across both seasons.

The Ivory Coast international made his long-awaited return on Tuesday in the 70th minute of Villa’s goalless draw against Middlesbrough in the Championship.

Kodjia has recently revealed that the supporters sent him well-wishes on social media every day and helped him with his come back.

“That inspired me and kept me going. Their messages pushed me forward,” said Kodjia, as quoted on Aston Villa’s official Twitter account on Thursday.

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Kodjia became a fan favourite after he was named as the club’s top scorer during his debut campaign last year despite missing out on a number of games to injury.

The goal-machine moved to Villa Park from Bristol City last summer and throughout his first season he managed to score 19 goals in 40 Championship appearances and he also provided two assists.

Steve Bruce’s side head to the Oakwell on Saturday for their second Championship match of the week as they face Barnsley and will be hoping to climb from their current eighteenth position in the table.

In other Aston Villa news, Ray Wilkins has revealed why Steve Bruce is struggling at Villa Park.

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