Aston Villa centre forward Libor Kozak has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg during a training session.
Kozak was injured in a run of the mill training session on Thursday morning, and the Czech Rebuplic centre forward will now undergo surgery on Friday to resolve the initial injury, starting months of Kozak’s rehabilitation period on the sidelines.
The Birmingham based club issued a brief statement on their website late on Thursday to confirm the injury, adding: “Regretfully, he will play no further part this season.”
Kozak’s injury will come as a huge blow for manager Paul Lambert, as he will now be short of attacking options, following the injury to Kozak, as Villa have struggled for consistancy, with a young squad.
Kozak joined for a fee of £7 million from Serie A side Lazio in the summer and has started eight Premier League games this season as well as making six appearances from the substitutes’ bench, the last of them in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City on December 28.
He has scored four goals for Villa this season, however his injury will force Lambert to dip into the transfer market.
And with Christian Benteke off form, Villa need to step up fast, as they could be dragged into a relegation battle.
By Ben Reardon