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Aston Villa: Emery handed Martinez boost

Aston Villa look set to receive a massive boost ahead of tomorrow’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, with Emiliano Martinez pictured back in training – something that will come as a huge boost to Unai Emery.

The Argentinian missed the Boxing Day clash against Liverpool due to his exertions for his country at the World Cup and journalist Pete O’Rourke also told Football FanCast that he may be missing until January, saying: “Obviously, we all know that their celebrations look like they will go on for a few more days in Argentina and get the players to switch back to domestic action.

“I think it is going to be pretty hard for all managers of players who have tasted success with Argentina at the World Cup so I think we probably won’t see Martinez maybe until January as well.

“And I’m sure Aston Villa have been preparing for that anyway, for the players who maybe went to the later stages of the World Cup.”

The official Aston Villa Twitter account shared a video of the goalkeeper arriving for training yesterday and Emery will be looking at starting the 30-year-old against Spurs.

Robin Olsen deputised against the Anfield side, however, he didn’t have the greatest performance, conceding three goals, while also conceding seven goals in just two Premier League matches this season.

Martinez was in inspired form during the World Cup as he played an integral part in helping Argentina win their third title.

He played in all seven matches for the winners, conceding eight goals while making 1.0 saves per match. He shone when it came to penalty shootouts, however, saving three penalties overall in the victories over the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and France in the final.

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Martinez has been in solid form for Villa this season, despite their obvious struggles. The £120k-per-week titan has kept three clean sheets and making 2.7 saves per match – a success rate of 67%.

Villa teammate Matty Cash hailed the keeper as “unbelievable” earlier this season and it’s clear that Emery’s men stand a better chance against Spurs with the World Cup winner in goal as opposed to Olsen and they could start off the New Year in positive fashion by claiming all three points.