Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak has taken to Twitter to give fans an update on his rehabilitation from a broken leg.
The 25-year-old Czech Republic international was injured during a training session in January, but had looked on course to make his comeback in October until suffering a significant setback.
With complications forcing him to have the leg re-pinned, manager Paul Lambert delivered an ominous verdict at the time, telling reporters: “It’s a nightmare.
“I spoke to him about his injury and he felt a bit down which is understandable because he’d worked so hard to get back.
“He wasn’t too far away from being back. He was running and doing everything. It’s a blow for him and blow for us. It’s just not healed the way we thought.”
However, while still not expected to return to action for a couple of months, Kozak appears upbeat on his progress, tweeting fans to thank them for their support as he nears the end of his initial rehab programme.
Going very well last week of rehabilitation in Italy.Finally I can see small light in the tunnel.Thanks for support and let's go today lads!— Libor Kozák (@Libor_Kozak) November 29, 2014
Signed from Lazio in September 2013 for a reported €6.5 million fee, Kozak netted four times in 14 Premier League appearances over the first-half of last season, showing signs of growing into a solid top-flight target man before being sidelined.
Villa would certainly like their imposing front man back as soon as possible, having recorded only six goals, 108 shots and 24 shots on target for a 22% shot accuracy so far this season – all league-worst figures, but it remains to be seen what the exact timescale is for his return to the pitch.