Aston Villa midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has undergone surgery to repair an Achilles tendon injury, the club confirmed on Friday.
N'Zogbia suffered the injury while on holiday in Miami and the club has not disclosed how long he will be out of action, but Villa's head athletic trainer Roddy MacDonald has traveled to the United States and will accompany N'Zogbia back to Birmingham.
"It's a blow for Charles," said Villa boss Paul Lambert. "He'll get his head down and get himself fit again and he'll have plenty of support in doing so. The priority is to ensure that Charles receives the very best care and he has done and will continue to do so throughout his recovery period."
N'Zogbia, who played for Newcastle United between 20004 and 2009, has scored four goals in 51 appearances for the Villans.