Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that fans’ favourite Jonathan Kodjia will return to full training on Monday after spending four-and-a-half months on the sidelines through injury according to Birmingham Live.

The 28-year-old Ivorian international goal machine was Villa’s top scorer last season with 19 goals after joining the club from Sky Bet Championship rivals Bristol City in an initial deal reportedly worth around £11 million.

Kodjia’s season cruelly ended with the player fracturing his ankle in a 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last April and the striker has managed just eight outings for Villa since that blow, scoring one further goal in a 1-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers back in September.

The player’s ankle woes have returned this season but after not appearing for Villa for the past four-and-a-half months, manager Bruce has confirmed that Kodjia will return to full training on Monday and could yet feature for the promotion-chasers again before the end of the campaign.

Villa are four points behind second placed Cardiff City in the race for automatic promotion. Kodjia’s potential return before the end of the season could very much depend upon how much the player is needed during the run-in. It is thought that Kodjia could take over a month to build up his fitness and Villa boss Bruce will need to decide whether the striker should be risked.

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