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Kozak injury blow for Villa

Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken leg.

The 24-year-old Czech Republic international will undergo surgery on Friday after he was injured in training on Thursday.

Villa issued a brief statement on their website late on Thursday to confirm the injury, adding: "Regretfully, he will play no further part this season."

Kozak joined Villa from Lazio in the summer for 7m and has started eight Premier League games this season as well as making six appearances from the substitutes' bench, the last of them in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City on December 28.

He has netted four goals for Villa so far and his loss is likely to force Villa manager Paul Lambert to move for a new striker during the January transfer window.

Lambert does have Christian Benteke available again now, however, after the Belgian forward returned from a calf injury to partner Gabriel Agbonlahor up front in the 1-0 win at Sunderland on New Year's Day.