Struggling £5m Aston Villa signing reportedly suffers fresh blow, 'betrayed' colleague to benefit

General views of Villa Park the home of Aston Villa before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park on December 23, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Kalinic has played just eight times in his first year as an Aston Villa player.

Toulouse's Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic (L) comes out after injury and is replaced by Toulouse's French goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet (R) during the French L1 football match between...

The loaned-out Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has suffered another blow, according to L'Equipe.

Kalinic, for whom Villa are reported to have paid £5 million in January 2019, was lent to Toulouse last month having failed to play a single senior game for the Villans this season.

But in his only fourth appearance for the Ligue 1 side, the Croatian suffered a torn thigh and was withdrawn in the 36th minute.

 

L'Equipe reports that Kalinic will miss 'a month at best', providing the demoted Baptiste Reynet with a chance to reclaim his place between the posts.

Reynet was said to have felt 'betrayed' by Toulouse's decision to sign the Aston Villa outcast.

Kalinic arrived at Villa as first-choice 'keeper, but lost his place after just seven Championship outings.

Nikola Kalinic of AS Roma during the UEFA Europa League match between AS Roma and Wolfsberger AC at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 12 December 2019.

The Villans' subsequent capture of Tom Heaton nudged the 29-year-old even further down the pecking order and both Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer have been favoured by the Lions boss Dean Smith in Heaton's recent absence.

Kalinic's Aston Villa contract still has three-and-a-half-years left to run and his injury could hinder the club's chances of selling him this summer.

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