Aston Villa hint Kodjia injury is not as bad as feared

Aston Villa have released a statement on their official website claiming that the early prognosis of Jonathan Kodjia’s ankle injury is “encouraging”.

What’s the latest?

The striker suffered the blow during Sunday’s Second City derby against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

There has not been much news about the severity of Kodjia’s injury, but the Villans have suggested that it is not as serious as first feared.

The statement read:

“Jonathan Kodjia continues to be assessed by the club’s medical department following his ankle injury at the weekend. The striker limped off in the Second City derby draw at Birmingham City. The club are in close communication with the consultant and will review accordingly. However, the early prognosis is encouraging.”

When will he be back?

That bit of information remains to be seen, but fans will be hoping that the layoff is not similar to the forward’s previous ankle injury.

In April, Kodjia broke that same ankle in a game against Blackburn Rovers and was on the sidelines for more than four months.

The 28-year-old has scored one goal and produced two assists in eight appearances in the Championship this season.

The forward has started seven of those games, but he is yet to complete a full 90 minutes.

Last season, the Ivory Coast international scored 19 goals in 36 league appearances for the Villans.