By Dr Rajpal Brar

29th Mar, 2023 | 5:10pm

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer could be out for months with potential Achilles rupture - Injury Expert

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer could be missing in action from the first team due to a potential Achilles rupture, according to Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert claims that if that is the case, a nine-month injury lay-off is what can be expected, given the nature of the damage.

The Athletic reported on December 22 that the 30-year-old was back in training but still some way from making his return.

A month later, Birmingham Live claimed that February was the target for him to be back in action, but that did not happen either.

In early March, Unai Emery gave a brief update on the Englishman and claimed that he continued to remain injured. [Aston Villa official website]

When asked about the strange nature of his absence and the potential injury layoff, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, told Villa News exclusively, “It sounds like a potential Achilles rupture which would rule him out for over nine months.

“Not much information has been given or updates provided.

Steer’s contract at Villa Park runs out at the end of the season and it remains to be seen what the club hierarchy decides to do.

He has not featured for Aston Villa in the Premier League since September 2021 and was loaned out to Luton Town last season.

In March 2022, he suffered a season-ending injury which was a partial tear to his Achilles in the FA Cup defeat against Chelsea.

In other Aston Villa news, a first-team player is expected to return after the international break with a protective brace after what happened in 2023.