Villa keeper Emi Martinez picked up a knock in training on Wednesday, which could rule him out of tonight’s game.
As per Birmingham Live, Gerrard said:
“Emi’s a doubt at the moment.
“We’re just analysing the situation that happened today [Wednesday] in training, but I think he’ll play and he’ll be fine.
“It was just a knock in training. We’ll analyse it. I’m confident he’ll be there. If he’s not there, Robin’s champing at the bit. He’s been awesome. He’s trained well and he’s ready and I’ll have no qualms putting Robin [Olsen] in if I have to. If Emi’s fit and he’s fine – we’ll assess him in the next hour or two – then he’ll play.”
Despite Gerrard’s comments about back-up keeper Olsen, the loss of Martinez will come as a big blow to the Villans, with Martinez registering 11 clean sheets this season and making an average of 2.6 saves per 90.
Furthermore, he’s also one of the best in his position across the top flight, with journalist Joey D’Urso labelling him “world-class” last term.
Despite these metrics, the Argentine has faltered somewhat in comparison to last campaign, so it will also come as a big blow to a goalkeeper who will have been hoping to end the season in good form, with the idea of starting the next season in the same vein.
Though, with the update from Gerrard, it looks as though Martinez will be touch and go.
Whilst he may sit out tonight’s game, the Villa boss will be hoping he is fit enough to feature in Villa’s final game against Manchester City, with a win over the Citizens almost certainly enough to hand old club Liverpool the Premier League trophy.