Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton will not be part of the club’s relegation battle as he targets a return to action in the coming season.
Heaton who joined Villa last summer from Burnley sustained a knee ligament injury in Villa’s New Year day clash against his former employers and according to the keeper, making a return for the club’s remaining games this season will be a huge ask.
“I’m really pleased with the progress. It feels solid and stable. I’m back out on the grass doing a bit of running and then I am slowly going to build it up.
“In reality, it’s going to be a big ask to get back in terms of this season. But I’m certainly hoping to be ready to roll by the time the season kicks off next season, whenever that is going to be,” Heaton is quoted by the Mail.
Villa is seriously in need of tall their best players in the bid to fight relegation with the team having ten games to stop their return straight back to the Championship.
They are second from bottom but with a game in hand over their drop zone rivals and are slated to take on high flying Sheffield United on June 17.