Aston Villa defender Chris Herd has joined Wigan Athletic on loan for the remainder of the season, the Championship club have confirmed.
Herd, 25, spent a month on loan at Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers earlier this season, where he made three total appearances before returning to Villa Park.
The Australia international was named as part of the squad for the 2015 Asian Cup this month, but was forced to withdraw after injuring his Achilles tendon in a training session prior to his side's opening game against Oman.
Speaking to the club's official website, Wigan manager Malky Mackay said: “I’m delighted that Chris has been able to join us on loan until the end of the season, he’s a player I’ve looked at a lot over a period of time.
"I feel that his energy, his athleticism and his tenacity will be things that can really help us out.
“He’s got Premier League and Football League experience and he’s another young player who wants to kick on at our club and solidify a position here, so I’m delighted we’ve managed to get him.”
Having come up through the Villa ranks after moving to England aged 16, Herd has made 42 appearances for the claret and blue since his top-flight debut in November 2010, including 20 during the 2011-12 season under former boss Alex McLeish.
He has featured in just 15 games since Paul Lambert’s arrival in the summer of 2012, however, and is still to make an appearance for the club this term, with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Wigan sit 23rd in the Championship table at present, having taken 21 points from their 27 games, with Herd's signing being the latest in a bid to strengthen the squad for the final stretches of their relegation battle.