Chris Herd's Asian Cup chances in jeopardy

Chris Herd’s bid to be part of Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup squad is in jeopardy with Bolton Wanderers unlikely to extend the Socceroo’s loan deal.

The 25-year-old’s loan at Bolton expired on Saturday and FourFourTwo Australia understands Bolton are unlikely to seek an extension, leaving him to return to Aston Villa where he had been out of the first-team frame prior to his switch.

Herd has been sidelined for the past three weeks due to an Achilles injury sustained on international duty against Qatar, but was picked in Australia boss Ange Postecoglou's latest squad to face Japan.

A further lack of game-time would severely damage Herd’s bid to be part of the Asian Cup squad despite being named in all of Postecoglou’s post-World Cup squads.

Herd looms as a vital part of Postecoglou’s Asian Cup jigsaw, given his value as a utility, able to play in defence and midfield.

The Perth-born talent has only managed three appearances for the Trotters since joining the club in late September, the last coming over a month ago on October 4.

Herd, whose Villa contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 season, told the Birmingham Mail at the time of his move he was desperate to be playing again.

“All I’m thinking about now is performing and playing in as many games as I can,” Herd said.