Aston Villa star issues three-word injury update after 46-match absence

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Aston Villa could soon welcome back one of their long-term absentees.

Aston Villa star Emi Buendia has made a post on social media that will excite supporters.

A video captioned with ‘Más cerca. Seguimos’ which translates to Closer. We continue’ was posted on his Instagram story on Monday.

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In the thirty second video shared on Twitter, Buendia can be seen doing some ball work whilst he trains at Bodymoor Heath. He works without the ball and then receives a ball from a coach before scoring each time in to a small goal. The coach can be heard giving him encouragement as Buendia continues to prepare for his comeback.

The 27-year-old hasn't played a single minute of competitive football this season after suffering knee ligament damage before the Premier League campaign was about to begin. He had conducted himself well in pre-season and featured heavily for the Villains last term but is likely to miss the whole of the 2023/24 season.

Manager Unai Emery said that he was hopeful Buendia along with Tyrone Mings would return to training but was doubtful that they’d play this term. Villa are competing in the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League whilst also fighting for the Champions League spots and with time running out, the players might not be afforded the time to get up to speed after such a lengthy period out through injury.

"Always they are in our mind," Emery said about Buendia and Mings.

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“"They have spirit and they support us in the training ground. I think all the season they are going to be out, but hopefully they can train at the end of the season. Then starting next season being fine to come back like before."

Buendia has been at the club since July 1, 2021 after joining for a reported £33m from Norwich City. He is under contract at Villa Park until the summer of 2026, and so when he does return from injury he won't have to worry about having an uncertain future.

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