Aston Villa injury news: Diego Carlos boost as he posts update

Aston Villa defender Diego Carlos is back working on his recovery from a ruptured Achilles and it’s looking positive for the Brazilian ace.

The 29-year-old suffered the injury blow during our 2-1 win over Everton in mid-August, and after undergoing surgery shortly after the game, he has continued his rehabilitation work since.

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Naturally, it has been a lengthy process for him to make a full recovery thus far, but based on the update that he provided on Thursday, it looks as though he is certainly on the right path.

While others are still on their breaks as those called up for international duty at the World Cup prepare for the tournament, Carlos was back at Bodymoor Heath to put in the work and continue to move closer to returning to action.

He’s likely a while off that yet as he hasn’t been seen out on the grass and involved in any training sessions outdoors, but he appears to be stepping up his gym work and is looking stronger on that surgically repaired Achilles, as seen in the images below.

The hope is that he’ll be part of the squad that travels out to Dubai for a winter training camp in the coming weeks, as even if he still isn’t ready to join in group sessions, it will be important for him and Unai Emery to work on things in preparation for his return.

Carlos is arguably an ideal fit for the new Villa boss given his aggressive and physical defensive style coupled with his technical quality and composure in possession, and so getting him back will be a major boost for us.

With that in mind, we certainly don’t want to rush his comeback and so he’ll no doubt be closely monitored as he goes through the various stages of his rehab, but getting strength back in that leg – and that area of his leg in particular – will be vital now ahead of getting into his fitness work.

There has been no official timeline put in place or a rough estimation offered by Villa, but we’ll hope to see him on the grass and starting to do some running at least over the break and he’ll no doubt be itching to get back on the pitch for a significant part of the second half of the season.