Aston Villa are set to be without at least two of their first team stars for their clash with Chelsea after the international break.
Dean Smith’s men travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, September 11, when the Premier League resumes.
With Villa having had an indifferent start to the season with a victory, a draw and a defeat so far, a trip to west London offers them an excellent opportunity to really kick their season into life.
However, the Villans are set to be without first choice goalkeeper Emi Martinez and record signing Emiliano Buendia for the game, with the two having chosen to represent Argentina during the international break – a decision that the club confirmed via a statement on Sunday.
It was previously announced that Premier League clubs were not set to release players who were due travel to countries on the UK’s red list due to Covid-19 quarantine worries.
Players were previously expected to quarantine for 10 days upon their return from any of the countries on the government’s red list, meaning that they could miss an extended period of action, potentially even more considering the time it may take for them to return to full fitness.
However, Villa appear to have navigated that having given both Buendia and Martinez permission to play in Argentina’s clashes against Venezuela and Brazil before missing their third game of the break against Bolivia.
Despite that decision, Villa will still be missing two key players as they make the trip to Stamford Bridge following the international break to offer a huge boost to Chelsea.
Martinez’s influence has certainly been well-documented after joining from Arsenal. He has managed to rack up 16 clean sheets in just 41 Premier League appearances for the club.
Meanwhile, Buendia would certainly have been aiming to further impress after netting his first goal for the club against Brentford last time out.
He became Villa’s record signing as he arrived from Norwich City this summer as a replacement for Jack Grealish.
Source by Football London