Yes, Jonathan Kodjia was always going to come back to Villa after the African Cup of Nations — but the strike force missed him so much that it feels like he has been gone for months. The last match the big man played for Villa was the 1-1 draw against Leeds. The following two matches the team was shutout. Then had the two goal collapse last weekend... that I don’t want to write anything about.
So all in all, a hearty welcome back to Kodjia. It does stink personally for him (and all supporters of Ivory Coast) that AFCON was such a rough run and the team were eliminated Tuesday after a 1-0 loss to Morocco. The Elephants finished third in Group C below the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Morocco. Kodjia made one start and one sub appearance during the tournament.
No word on if much-needed striker will be back for Tuesday’s scrap with Bretford — but the postponement of Bristol City’s trip to Villa Park on Saturday likely means one less match without him.
It appears that he has been keeping tabs on Villa during his trip posting a few tweets including a tribute following the passing of Graham Taylor and thanks to the many many Villa fans who told him there was a empty spot in the lineup (and possibly in their hearts) for him.
Thanks for all the kind messages.. I miss you too people, can't wait to be back @AVFCOfficial— Jonathan Kodjia (@J_Kodjia) January 21, 2017
Please come back and score many goals.