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Orjan Nyland not giving up on Aston Villa career

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Forgotten man Orjan Nyland insists he has not given up hope of getting back into the frame at Villa after returning from long-term injury.

Aston Villa's Orjan Nyland (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

The Norway international goalkeeper was installed as the club’s No.1 after joining from FC Ingolstadt in August 2018, but has not featured since rupturing his Achilles in December.

Villa went on to win promotion in his absence and though Nyland is now back fit, he finds himself behind Tom Heaton and Jed Steer in the pecking order, while the club also has Croatian international Lovre Kalinic on the books.

But the 29-year-old, currently away on international duty after being called up for the first time since his injury, remains optimistic.

“I am part of everything the team does, and in a way I am part of it even though I have not been able to play yet,” said Nyland.

“It can turn fast in football. It happened in a negative sense for me last year. Injuries and such things happen quickly, so it’s all about being ready.”

Striker Scott Hogan has, meanwhile, admitted he suffered a crisis of confidence during the past two years at Villa which was ‘as bad as it gets’.

Hogan, who has scored just seven league goals since joining in a £12million deal from Brentford in January 2017, is currently on a season-long loan at Stoke.

He said: “It was as bad as it gets. I had no confidence whatsoever after about six months. I just wasn’t doing the things I do naturally.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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