By Brian Doogan
Charles N'Zogbia has suffered an Achilles tendon injury while keeping fit on holiday in Miami.
The 27-year-old attacking midfield player underwent surgery in the US and will return to Birmingham next week to continue his rehab programme.
Roddy MacDonald, the Club's head of sport and exercise medicine, has travelled to the US to be with N'Zogbia and will accompany him back to the UK.
"The priority is to ensure that Charles receives the very best care and he has done and will continue to do so throughout his recovery period," said Villa manager Paul Lambert.
"It's a blow for Charles, obviously, but he'll get his head down and get himself fit again and he'll have plenty of support in doing so."
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