Aston Villa have confirmed that Matija Sarkic is back at Villa Park for Dean Smith’s goalkeeper-depleted side.
A number of Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the club announcement that Matija Sarkic has been recalled to Villa Park (official Villa website).
Sarkic had joined Scottish Premiership side Livingston on loan at the start of the season and was doing well for them, with seven clean sheets in 18 appearances.
The 22-year-old made his league debut for Livi in their 2-0 victory over Celtic in October and held on to the starting position ever since.
In addition, Sarkic also kicked on at international level while in Scotland, making his debut for Montenegro in a 2-0 win over Belarus in November.
However, following a season-ending injury to Villa first-choice keeper Tom Heaton over the festive period, the Premier League club has decided to bring Sarkic back to B6.
With Jed Steer also on the sidelines and Lovre Kalinic massively out of favour, Dean Smith would have remained with just Orjan Nyland in prime contention for the gloves.
Here is what some Villa fans made of the announcement:
Brilliant decision..playing very well I hear so welcome back Matija ⚽️ #utv— Fortress Villa Park (@FortressPark) 3 January 2020
A shame. Had a great thing going at Livingston. Would be great to let him stay there for the season, but atleast play tomorrow and against Leicester. Excited to see what he can do. #avfc— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) 3 January 2020
Good call this— Tony (@RonsTwo) 3 January 2020
I got excited then I thought it was a signing ffs— kyle bradley (@kyle43016827) 3 January 2020
HES COMING HOME, HES COMING— Becky Wood (@ItsBeckyWood) 3 January 2020
Welcome back idolo— gw (@ClassyHenri) 4 January 2020
Good decision— Captain Jack. (@CJ7891234) 3 January 2020
Yes Matty!! Welcome back lad.— EJ (@EJ__AVFC) 3 January 2020
Really good prospect and is capable. Reports from Livingston have been good.— Phil Queenan (@philq001) 3 January 2020
Yayyyy— Eli – MALE (@EliAVFC) 3 January 2020
Villa are in FA Cup third-round action on Saturday afternoon, taking on Fulham away in a 3:01pm kickoff.