Aston Villa youngster Viljami Sinisal has had his loan spell with Scottish Championship side Ayr United brought to an end.
The 19 year-old has returned to parent club Villa for treatment on a groin injury, leaving Ayr without a first-choice goalkeeper for their final quartet of games.
Ayr are looking to secure their second tier status with only one point separating them from Greenock Morton in ninth place and the prospect of a play-off with one of the top League One teams.
Sinisalo has made 22 appearances for Ayr this season after joining David Hopkin’s side on loan in September.
He turned out for Villa’s youth teams in the Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy competitions before joining Ayr.
Sinisalo has helped keep seven clean sheets this season including an impressive run of four-straight shutouts in November.
Capped once at Finland Under-21 level, Sinisalo was signed from FC Espoo in his homeland in 2018.
In the first-team, Villa have Emiliano Martinez as the club’s first-choice stopper with Tom Heaton and Jed Steer for backup.
Heaton could leave the club in search of first-team football having recovered from a serious knee injury sustained last January.
Mark Delaney’s Under-23s primarily use Akos Onodi in the Premier League 2 competition, with the Hungarian international making 12 appearances.
“Absolutely gutted to have had to cut my loan short after an injury,” Sinisalo wrote on social media.
“Just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone Ayr for making my loan spell enjoyable and making me feel welcomed from the moment I stepped in the building nine months ago!
“I have only got good things to say about the club on how they have treated and helped me during the season.”It’s a loan spell that I’m sure I’ll remember for years to come.
“I also want to say thank you to all fans and I’m absolutely gutted not to have had the chance to see you all at Somerset!
“I wish all the players, staff and fans all the best for the rest of the season and the future.”