The 22-year-old French left-back seems to be making good progress his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The 22-year-old left-back has been sidelined since mid-November after suffering a horrific keen injury while playing for France Under-21s in a European Championship qualifier against Northern Ireland, but the video he posted ahead of Villa’s 4-2 home defeat to Southampton showed that he has now resumed light training with three games of the season left.
The chances of the attack-minded defender featuring for the club before the end of the current campaign are obviously slim to none, but it certainly bodes well for his chances of being fully fit by the time preseason comes around.
However, whether Amavi is still at the club at that point remains to be seen. Signed from Nice last summer, the £10 million Frenchman proved Villa’s star performer through the opening months of the season, recording two assists, 36 tackles, 57 dribbles, 37 interceptions, 40 crosses and winning 92 duels in his 10 Premier League appearances – despite the team’s poor run of results.
There was already talk before he suffered the injury that the club may not be able to hold onto him for long given his clear talent, and their relegation to the Championship leads to some obvious question over his future.
Nonetheless, much like with Chrisitan Benteke in the summer of 2014, the fact that he has been sidelined for so long could work in Villa’s favour when it comes to warding off potential suitors.
Teams will obviously be reluctant to pay for a player who is coming off such a major injury, and Amavi may ultimately believe that the best thing for him at this stage would be to remain in the Midlands to continue his rehab in a familiar environment.