Paul Lambert has revealed that Libor Kozak is now off his crutches as he continues on his long road to recovery.
Kozak broke his leg in a freak training ground tackle on New Year's Day.
Now three months later, the diagnosis is good from boss Lambert.
In a quick update, the manager said Kozak is making good progress and is "on course" for a potential return in pre-season.
Importantly, Lambert told us that Kozak is in a positive state mentally as he battles back from the frustration of being out of action.
Lambert said: "Libor is doing great.
"He is off the crutches now. I think he's in a much happier place within himself now as well.
"The thing with Libor is he's a top boy so you know that, with his rehabilitation, he'll knuckle down.
"He'll not cut any corners. He'll have good days and bad days because of the mental stress of it but he will do his utmost to get fit.
"He's on course, certainly. We're hoping that by pre-season, he'll not be too far away. Libor is definitely doing well.
"He was down when the whole thing happened and for a few weeks after that.
"But I saw him the other day and we were having a chat. I think coming off the crutches has been a major step considering the amount of time he was on them."
Kozak joined Villa from Lazio in September 2013 on a four-year deal.
The giant striker has scored four goals in just 14 starts.
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