Aston Villa took a 4-0 beating at St James’ Park this weekend when they faced Newcastle United in their Premier League clash, and Aaron Danks has given an update on the first-half injury blow that contributed to the poor performance.
The interim Villa boss took to his post-match interview to give a positive update on goalkeeper Emi Martinez’s head injury that saw him substituted in the first half of the clash on Saturday afternoon.
Danks told the media (via The Athletic):
“We’ve got very professional medical staff. They went on and assessed him. He was okay to continue.
“Things have changed after that. There was a delayed onset of something that means he’s had to come off.
“Emi is fine. He’s showered, dressed, changed, walking around and talking to everybody, so he seems okay.
“The club will monitor that and take care of him in the coming hours and days to make sure that continues.”
The promising update regarding Martinez’s head injury is very good news for Aston Villa as they aim to overcome their poor start to the season.
The Villans are currently just one point clear of the relegation zone following the defeat on Saturday now and when Unai Emery arrives next week he will be wanting to find solutions that can provide the side with some crucial points ahead of the World Cup break.
Villa will face Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion in their final league fixtures before the international tournament commences in November and with injuries already plaguing key players in the team, Emery will be hoping that Martinez is available for both.
Boubacar Kamara, Ludwig Augustinsson and Diego Carlos are all currently unavailable for selection, but the former Villarreal manager should have enough to work with to improve performances and stabilise the team over the coming weeks and months.
The Argentine stopper has been a vital part of this Villa team ever since he signed from Arsenal, winning the club’s supporters’ player of the season award in 2020/21. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he took on even great importance under a manager who knows him well from when they worked together in north London.
As a result, this update should be a big boost for Emery and the club as a whole, with a key player not set to spend any unwanted time on the treatment table during the Spaniard’s early days at the helm.