Manager Steve Bruce has backed Birkir Bjarnason to really make an impact at Aston Villa next season now he’s fully recovered from his injury.
The Icelandic international joined the club from FC Basel back in the January transfer window, but he only managed five starting appearances and three substitute showings before being injured in March’s clash against Rotherham United.
Taking a few months off with his injury he took in the Iceland game against Croatia in June and he’s now back with us and raring to go in pre season and Bruce had admitted he’ll be like a new signing and hopefully the fans will now get to see what he’s about.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail whilst out in Portugal on our pre season training camp, Bruce said of the 29 year old midfielder and his knee injury.
‘It was unfortunate for Birkir because he got injured – and it was a nasty injury. He`s never had an injury in his life. He`ll be very decent. It`s like a new signing because we`ve only seen him for three or four games.’
Bruce was taking the positives and although whilst playing he was trying to settle in the country, the time off with injury has allowed him to settle properly, adjust and really take in the English game on the television so he feels he’s ready to now make his mark with us.
‘What it has done – the injury – is let him settle into the club and settle into watching English football. We didn`t see a lot of him last year and he looks in very, very good condition when he`s come back in pre-season.’
Bruce went on to say.
‘He`s a bit of all action. He`s not your dribbler type but he`s fiercely determined, highly competitive, a wonderful athlete with the capability of scoring a goal. Every time he`s played over the years he`s managed to get six, seven, eight goals so I hope that can continue for us.’
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