Welcome to your morning round-up of all the latest Aston Villa news on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
Villa are back in Premier League action this weekend as Dean Smith’s men make the trip down to Stamford Bridge to face reigning European Champions, Chelsea.
Villa will have to contend without the unavailable Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, while Smith also has several injury problems to worry about too.
Get up to speed with all the latest from the Villa Park here…
Terry issues update on managerial future
Former Aston Villa first-team coach John Terry insists that he is in no rush to make the leap into management.
The former England defender has stepped down from his position as assistant head coach to Dean Smith after just shy of three years in the role.
The 40-year-old has never hidden his desire to make the step up to management and Villa boss Smith admitted earlier this year that it was only a matter of time before his No.2 moved on.
Four decisions Dean Smith must make for Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Following an international break marred by the controversial scenes in Brazil, when health officials stormed onto the Neo Quimica Arena pitch to suspend the match with Argentina, the focus at Bodymoor Heath is solely on matters Chelsea with Premier League football resuming this weekend.
Villa will of course be without their Argentinian due, Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, who would have had to self isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK if they hadn’t stopped off to a green-list country to continue training, before returning to Villa next week.
Both players are currently keeping fit in Croatia in time to return for Villa’s second Premier League game of the month against Everton, at Villa Park on Saturday, September 18.
Discounting the unavailability of Martinez and Buendia, Villa boss Dean Smith will be assessing the fitness of key members of his squad who are all stepping up their recovery in time to play some football this month.
Bertrand Traore, Morgan Sanson, Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins have all been nursing injuries at one point or another over the summer, and their respective returns to the starting XI are certianly closer than what they were a couple of weeks ago.
HERE are five decisions Smith must make before Villa take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Chelsea suffer major blow for Villa clash
Chelsea’s defender Thiago Silva will not be allowed to play Saturday’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge (5.30pm).
Silva was part of the Brazil team that made it to the Copa America final in the summer but was blocked from travelling to South America for World Cup Qualifiers last week because he would have to miss matches due to the requirement to quarantine on his return.
The Brazilian Football Association has asked FIFA to invoke the ‘five-day rule’ which will ban players who did not travel to their country after an international call-up.
Premier League clubs blocked Brazilian players from going to South America but Villa allowed Argentina pair Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez to travel to the continent for their games against Venezuela and Brazil.
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Paul McGrath opens up on his ‘love’ for Aston Villa
McGrath will be forever etched into Vila folklore for his all-action, committed and classy displays which helped him earn the nickname ‘God’ amongst the Villa Park masses.
The Irishman was keen to make a lasting impact at Villa upon signing in 1989 when he was handed a new lease of life away from Manchester United. He told Virgin Media Sport: “I think that they (fans) thought I just wanted another pay day and wanted to take as much off the club as I could and just ride off into the sunset, but I loved the club,” McGrath said.
“Villa is a place that a lot of players like playing at, they had a lot of the semi-finals there and all that sort of stuff, so loads of footballers if you asked them, they loved to play at Villa Park.
“For me, playing there week in, week out, I went with Villa and Graham Taylor was so good to me, he was so, so good to me and Doug Ellis too.
“They said that they’d double my wages, and I went, ‘you’ll double my wages and give me more, this is brilliant’. I realised they wanted me to play for the club so much that they were willing to do these things for me so I thought I’d give it my best shot.”
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