Involved with transfer stories sending him to Italy towards the end of the summer, Aston Villa’s Birkir Bjarnason ended up staying at Villa Park.

The Iceland international joined up with his national team for the Nations League this past week, but during the first game against Switzerland, he felt his back was ‘sore’.

His involvement in Tuesday’s game against Belgium remained a question mark, but a bit of pain wasn’t going to stop him, and he ended up playing all 90 minutes of the 3-0 loss in the centre of the park.

After the game, the player spoke to Morgunbladid about his injury issues, and said: “I played this position at Villa, and that’s my position. I got a little niggle in my back and something in my calf. I was a bit stiff, but that was OK.”

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Seemingly fine (at least according to him) after playing an intense game against one of the better teams in the world, the Aston Villa man will most likely be assessed when he returns to the Midlands ahead of this weekend’s game against Blackburn in the Championship.

Despite opening their season with back to back wins against Hull City and Wigan, Steve Bruce’s men have struggled to find form over the past few weeks, drawing three of their last four games, and most recently getting thumped 4-1 away by Sheffield United.