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Emi Martinez and Buendia tipped for return against Everton

Emi Martinez and Buendia tipped for return against Everton

Argentine duo Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia might make EPl return for Aston Villa against Everton on Saturday.

The duo  have been training in Croatia since returning from South America following Argentina’s suspended World Cup qualifier against Brazil. They are due to arrive UK Saturday morning just hours before Villa battle Everton

after completing their 10-day quarantine in Croatia and will be assessed before being considered for selection.

Croatia is a green list country, meaning Martinez and Buendia are able to avoid having to quarantine in a UK hotel on their return.

Villa boss Dean Smith said: “We are expecting them to join us tomorrow (Saturday) morning and I’ll assess it then and decide if they’ll be involved or not.

“We have got their numbers of what they have been doing each day. That gets sent straight to the performance department and passed onto the coaches.

“They are in a good place physically which is what we need to know. I’ll assess that in the morning and wait until tomorrow.”

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Last week Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said the club were in a difficult position with Martinez and Buendia isolating after joining up with the Argentina national team.

Without their two Argentines, Villa lost 3-0 to Chelsea last weekend with Tyrone Mings at fault for the second goal when Mateo Kovacic pounced on his poor backpass to score.


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