Injury blow puts Benjamin Siegrist's Aston Villa future in doubt

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The club's fourth-choice goalkeeper is nearing the end of his contract and now faces three months out with a broken leg.

Benjamin Siegrist’s Aston Villa career looks to be hanging in the balance following news that the Swiss goalkeeper will be sidelined for around three months after breaking his leg in training.

Siegrist, 23, joined Villa from hometown club FC Basel in 2009 but is still to earn his first-team debut for the claret and blues, despite making a positive impression with the Under-21s in recent seasons.

The 6ft 4in custodian, who won the 2009 Under-17 World Cup with Switzerland and the Golden Glove award for the tournament’s best keeper, had a brief taste of senior action last term during a loan spell with then-Conference Premier side Cambridge United but his prospects of a bright future at Villa Park now look bleak.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, the former Under-21 international was already fighting the odds to earn a new deal as fourth-choice behind Shay Given, Brad Guzan and Jed Steer, and this latest fitness blow will have set his chances further back.

Manager Tim Sherwood is also rumoured to be interested in signing Brentford shot-stopper David Button this summer, per the Telegraph, suggesting that he does not see Villa’s future number one in their current squad.

Having been tipped for big things as a teenager, it would be disappointing to see Siegrist leave the club without getting the chance to make an impact, given that he is still has a fair amount of development ahead of him as a keeper, but all the signs point towards him having a hard time of convincing the coaching staff of his worth ahead of June 30.

Nevertheless, it would not be a death sentence to his football career, as past Villa shot-stoppers like Robert Olejnik, Stephen Henderson and Elliot Parish have all shown following their respective failures to make the breakthrough with the claret and blues, with each going on to find homes in the lower leagues.

That might not be the situation Siegrist envisaged himself being in back when he arrived in the West Midlands in 2009 but, at age 23, he needs to get the chance of regular first-team action as it is.

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