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Saturday 22 June 2013

Achilles injury blow for Aston Villa midfielder N'Zogbia

Aston Villa midfielder undergoes surgery in United States; midfielder Brett Holman leaves club

  • Charles N'Zogbia has made 51 Barclays Premier League appearances for Aston Villa

  • Brett Holman (left) has been in recent FIFA World Cup qualifying action for Australia

Aston Villa midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has suffered an Achilles tendon injury while keeping fit on holiday in the United States.

“It's a blow for Charles but he'll get his head down and get himself fit again and he'll have plenty of support in doing so”
Paul Lambert

The 27-year-old underwent surgery in Miami and will return to Birmingham next week to continue his rehabilitation programme.

It is unsure how long N’Zogbia will be sidelined with the injury but Roddy MacDonald, the club's head of sport and exercise medicine, has travelled to the US to be with N'Zogbia and accompany him back to the UK.

"The priority is to ensure that Charles receives the very best care and he has done and will continue to do so throughout his recovery period," Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert told the club's website.

"It's a blow for Charles, obviously, but he'll get his head down and get himself fit again and he'll have plenty of support in doing so."

N’Zogbia has made 51 Barclays Premier League appearances and scored four goals since joining Villa from Wigan Athletic in 2011. The Frenchman has a total of 252 top-flight sorties to his name.

Aston Villa, who have made five new signings this summer with Spanish defender Antonio Luna, Danish pair Nicklas Helenius and Jores Okore, Holland Under-21 midfielder Leandro Bacuna and Bulgaria midfielder Aleksandar Tonev all joining the club, have also confirmed that Australia international Brett Holman has left the club by mutual consent. The 29-year-old midfielder joined Villa last July and made 27 Barclays Premier League appearances, scoring one goal.

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Key Points

  • Charles N'Zogbia injured while on holiday in United States
  • The 27-year-old midfielder undergoes surgery in Miami
  • Aston Villa also confirm midfielder Brett Holman has left the club