Goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist handed Aston Villa lifeline after leg break

The 23-year-old Swiss is poised to sign a contract extension at Villa Park despite his recent injury blow.

Just a month after a broken leg appeared to put Benjamin Siegrist’s Aston Villa future in doubt, the club have shown their faith in the Swiss goalkeeper by offering him a contract extension.

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 did get a brief taste of senior action during the 2013-14 campaign while on loan at then-Conference Premier side Cambridge United but he has remained fourth choice behind Shay Given, Brad Guzan and fellow youngster Jed Steer, respectively.

With his contract expiring this summer, the former Under-21 international then suffered a major blow to his hopes of earning a new deal last month after breaking his leg in a training ground collision.

Expected to be sidelined for around three months, it looked like his Villa career could be coming to an end as a result, but instead the promising shot-stopper has been handed a lifeline as one of several prospects who are poised to agree fresh terms with the club.

He still faces a tough time in breaking into Tim Sherwood’s plans moving forward but, having won the 2009 Under-17 World Cup with Switzerland and the tournament’s Golden Glove award, there is little reason to write off someone with his potential at this point.

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