Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia is set to make his comeback from injury for the club’s Development Squad against Southampton in the Premier League 2 on Monday evening according to the Daily Star.

The 27-year-old Ivorian international goal machine has not played in four-and-a-half months since fracturing his ankle towards the end of last season.

It has now been reported that Kodjia is nearing match fitness and the player is expected to play some part in Villa’s under-23s fixture against Southampton on Monday evening with a first team return on the horizon in the not so distant future.

Villa have struggled without Kodjia’s presence with the club having won just once in six outings in the Sky Bet Championship this season. The Ivorian was the club’s top scorer last season with 19 goals after joining Villa from Sky Bet Championship rivals Bristol City in a reported £11 million deal in August 2016.

Kodjia started his career in France with Reims before joining unfashionable club Angers where he scored 15 goals in just 29 appearances. In summer 2015, the player joined Bristol City for a transfer fee of just £2 million and Kodjia proved to be a bargain buy with 20 goals in all competitions in his first season in English football.

The striker was instrumental for Villa in his debut campaign for the club and had it not been for Kodjia’s goals, they would have faced a real struggle last season.

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