Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has shed some light on how long his fellow stopper Tom Heaton is expected to be out for.
The third choice keeper finished the game at Wolves last weekend between the sticks and may well start against Newcastle next time out.
He told Norwegian outlet Dagbladet, via the Birmingham Mail: “Now one keeper is injured (Jed Steer) and will probably be gone for a while. So it is me and Tom Heaton who will fight for that place. Everything is relative.
“Injuries can take longer than expected, so you never know. It has been suggested that Heaton should be out for two to three weeks. It’s about being ready when the opportunity arises. They’re betting on me to the extent that they want me to be there. They have clear goals for me, and I think I’m a Premier League keeper.”
TBR’s View – Next to no chance Heaton won’t be recalled as soon as he’s back fit
Nyland needs to keep himself motivated to seize the chance he’s been handed but Villa spent good money on Heaton during the summer and it would be a huge surprise if he wasn’t recalled as soon as he’s back fit.
But Villa need Nyland to do a good job of filling in in the meantime so that Dean Smith isn’t in a position where he’s rushing Heaton back and risking further injury because his deputy cannot be trusted.