Jed Steer may be about to benefit from his Aston Villa teammate’s misfortune.

There was concern for Lovre Kalinic when he was replaced at the break during Aston Villa’s defeat at the weekend. Dean Smith confirmed to the club’s official website after the game that he suffered a head injury, but added that he does not expect the January signing to be missing for long.

It has been a tough start to life at Villa for Kalinic. He has arguably done little wrong, but has not been helped out by his defence and thus, he has only managed to keep one clean sheet so far.

Nevertheless, Villa fans would be forgiven for thinking that they have not seen the best of the stopper either. And given that fact, the door may perhaps be open for Jed Steer to spring a surprise.

If Kalinic is sidelined for any games, Steer will presumably get the nod having been the number two since being recalled from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic earlier this year.

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Steer did well with the Addicks, and there were plenty of supporters who were not happy with Steve Bruce’s decision to let him leave on loan during the summer.

So if Steer can impress during the spell that Kalinic spends on the sidelines, perhaps the 26-year-old stands an outside chance of taking the number one spot for a longer period.

Kalinic is obviously the man who Villa want to be their first-choice, and Steer will have to do incredibly well – if he gets the chance – to displace his teammate once he is back fit. 

But with Kalinic taking his time to find his feet in the Championship, Steer has to look at his misfortune as the chance that he probably did not expect to get when he returned from his loan spell.

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