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Published: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 9:02:02 AM
Updated: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 9:02:02 AM

Villa's Kozak out for the season with broken leg

Czech Republic's Libor Kozak reacts during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Armenia in Prague September 6, 2013. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Czech Republic's Libor Kozak reacts during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Armenia in Prague September 6, 2013. REUTERS/David W Cerny

(Reuters) - Aston Villa's Czech Republic striker Libor Kozak broke his leg in training on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season, the Premier League club said on its website (www.avfc.co.uk).

Last season's Europa League top scorer, who joined the Midlands club on a four-year deal from Lazio last September, will have surgery on Friday,

Villa added the 24-year-old, who scored 10 goals in Lazio's run to the quarter-finals of Europe's second-tier competition last term, "will play no further part this season".

The 6-foot-4 inch Kozak, who made his debut for the Czechs in 2012, was signed by Paul Lambert to help take the pressure off Christian Benteke, Villa's only other main target man.

He has scored four goals in 14 league appearances this term for Villa, who are in 11th place in the standings on 23 points.

Kozak joined Lazio in 2008 from Czech second division side Slezsky FC Oprava but after a season with the Rome club he went out on loan to Serie B side Brescia. He returned to Lazio where he played 79 times in all competitions, scoring 22 goals.

(Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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