The Big Interview: Amavi - The fans have been unbelievable with me
Jordan Amavi has issued a big 'thank you' to the claret and blue army for their enormous support.
Amavi started the campaign - his first at Villa - in fine form, marauding forward from left-back with energy and enthusiasm.
But his season was frustratingly cut short in November 2015 when he injured the cruciate ligament in his knee while on international duty with France in their European U21 Championship qualifier against Northern Ireland.
Amavi is now in rehab back in his home country.
He admits it's been tough to take and immensely annoying to be out of action.
But he says the enormous support from the fans has been a source of strength and inspiration for him.
"It was really tough to take when I found out I was out for the rest of the season.
"Obviously the footage didn't look good - and it seemed like everyone connected with Villa watched it. It was all over social media.
"From that moment, the messages I received were very heart-warming - asking me how I was, telling me to stay strong.
"Then when the full extent of the injury was announced, the messages continued coming in to me on my Twitter account.
"It's been amazing - and especially because I've only just arrived at the football club.
"If I'd been a hero here for many years, I'd understand it more - but to be a new player and receive this level of support and recognition is truly touching.
"I can't actually express my emotions on that one.
"I have tried to say thank you to them with retweets and replies but that doesn't really express totally my appreciation of their backing.
"I'd like to take this opportunity now to say a proper thank you to everyone who has wished me well."
Amavi won't be available for the rest of 2015/16.
But his rehabilitation is going very well.
"It's tough mentally, as you'd expect but it's one step at a time.
"I am in every morning and leave in the evening - I am in every day, five days a week.
"It's about small steps and setting goals for yourself along the way, rather than thinking too much about the future.
"That's what I am doing and I feel good, I feel stronger every day.
"The medics are very happy with the progress I am making so hopefully it continues this way until I'm back in action.
"It's also good that I'm still only young in football years. Yes, it's a bad injury and one I wish I hadn't picked up but these things happen in the game - and hopefully I still have a long career ahead of me."
Amavi may not be able to play in claret and blue but he's been keeping a keen eye on the progress of the team.
"I have been impressed by Rémi Garde.
"The team has definitely improved and we look a lot stronger - although the defeat against Liverpool was obviously a setback after a good run of results.
"I know the lads, I have got to know them during my time at the club and I know they won't accept this situation.
"They know - as I do - that it's a very tough challenge for the club to stay in the Premier League but they won't give up this fight to stay in the division.
"The Liverpool loss will have hurt them and I believe they will come back strong at Stoke and in the remaining games.
"I will certainly be watching on - and cheering them on!"
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