Aston Villa injury news as big Emi Buendia update emerges

Emi Buendia has taken a big step in his recovery from an ACL injury
Emi Buendia has taken a big step in his recovery from an ACL injury -Credit:Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Aston Villa's Emi Buendia has taken a huge step in his recovery from an ACL injury by returning to group training at Bodymoor Heath.

The 27-year-old suffered serious knee ligament damage nine months ago, just days before Villa's first game of the Premier League season against Newcastle. In the first half of the clash at St. James' Park, Tyrone Mings became the second Villa player to sustain an ACL injury and is also making progress from his devastating blow.

Boubacar Kamara then also suffered an ACL injury back in February during Villa's home defeat to Manchester United. The French midfielder is expected to be out until September at the earliest.

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After training at Bodymoor Heath on Tuesday morning, Buendia posted pictures of him during the session on X. He added the caption: "It’s been a long wait, and at times very hard, but happy to be able to be with my colleagues again 272 days later."

Buendia will now build up his fitness and confidence ahead of pre-season, where he is due to action in the friendlies before the start of the 2024/25 campaign.

Meanwhile, Villa could be boosted by the return of Emi Martinez for their Europa Conference League semi-final second leg against Olympiacos on Thursday night. The goalkeeper missed the first leg due to suspension, but was also injured after feeling discomfort in his hamstring in the draw with Chelsea at the end of April.

Robin Olsen impressed in Villa's defeat at Brighton last time out while Martinez wasn't 100 per cent ready to come back into the side.