Aston Villa in no-win situation over Martinez and Buendia-Dean Smith

Fri 10 September 2021 | 13:44

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says the club is in a very difficult situation as Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia are now isolating and training in Croatia after joining the Argentina national team.

The duo are out of Saturday's trip to Chelsea in the Premier League, and Smith believes it should be up to the players to decide whether or not they want to play for the national team.


It was a no-win situation all round. Each club had to come up with the best solution for themselves,"

Smith said.

"Legally I don't think we had any right to ban our players. It's a World Cup, they have a right to choose whether they want to go and play for their countries or not.

"I didn't want them to travel but when I saw the passion they had we had to come up with a compromise for all parties.

"We all had a predicament - players, club teams, national teams - on do we allow them to go across and play for their countries and potentially miss two or three games?

"We were all in a rock and a hard place. Once our players made it clear they had spoken to other players in Argentina and wanted to play we had to come to a compromise.

"We managed to find that, they played the one game and they are quarantining now and back ready to play against Everton next week.

"They are in Croatia, we spoke with the relevant authorities and government officials to make sure it was the right thing to do. They are training over there."

Bertrand Traore returned to training after a hamstring injury, but Trezeguet remained absent.


We have a very exciting squad to choose from. It will give us different options this season,"

Smith added.

"We feel we have recruited really well. It's not helped Bertrand had an operation, we had a couple of Covid cases and Ollie got injured in pre-season but with the players coming back now it makes us stronger.

"We believe we can challenge the best teams in the league and it's an opportunity to go and show that."



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