Thursday Sep 13, 2018. 09:33
Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia says he has found the joy in playing football again after recovering from a serious injury which kept him sidelined for most of last season.
The Ivory Coast attacker started just nine EFL Championship matches (plus a further nine appearances as a substitute) and scored only one goal in the 2017/18 campaign.
This term he has already started six matches in the Championship and netted three times, showing that he is on track for a return to his best form.
The 28-year-old has also returned to the Elephants national team and scored in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win away to Rwanda this past weekend.
"I gradually regained form after a very difficult period last season,” he told CAF’s official website.
“A serious injury forced me to rest for several months. Today, I find the joy of playing again.
“As proof, I've scored three goals since the beginning of the Championship.
“In any case, I want to make up for lost time, both for my club and national team."
Kodjia has also asked Ivory Coast fans to have patience as they rebuild the team after missing out on the last World Cup.
“I would ask the Ivorians to forget the painful moments and to support their national team in its reconquest, its reconstruction.
“The Elephants need the support of the people in this difficult period of transition.”