Aston Villa’s latest squad news, including the likes of Coutinho, Martinez, and Ramsey, before their match against Brighton
Recent developments in Aston Villa’s fortunes, as reported by the city of Birmingham
Here’s a live report as we prepare to go to Manchester United on Thursday for the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Three members of Unai Emery’s Aston Villa side will be unavailable for today’s match against Brighton on the south coast.
The good news for Villa is that Jan Bednarek and Leander Dendoncker, who were both cup tied for the match against Manchester United last week, are now available to play. The latter is crucial since the Belgian has developed into a major contributor in the heart of Villa’s midfield.
Even though Argentina has asked for early player releases in preparation for the World Cup, Emery said earlier this week that Emi Martinez will be available for selection. On Thursday’s match against Man United, Boubacar Kamara and Ludwig Augustinsson both returned to play after lengthy absences.
As a result of a thigh injury, Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. The Brazilian expressed his dismay at not making the team for the World Cup. When I talked to him yesterday, he was extremely, very disturbed, very unhappy,” Fabio Mahseredijan, the Selecao’s fitness coach, said.
Meanwhile, Diego Carlos is still recovering from the Achilles injury he sustained on August 13, and he is expected to return to action sometime in early 2023. Jed Steer, the backup goalkeeper, has been sidelined with an Achilles injury since February, but he is almost ready to return. As also, Jacob Ramsey is one yellow card away from being banned for the match against Liverpool on Boxing Day.
As for the opponents, Brighton are close to playing at full strength. The Seagulls, who have been led by Roberto De Zerbi, have won their previous three games across all competitions with just Jakub Moder out of the lineup.
Emery added, “Brighton they are playing really nicely,” in reference to their upcoming match against the Seagulls. They’re all on the same page stylistically, and despite a coaching change, the team is performing well in its recent matches against Wolves and Chelsea.
The only way to become better, demonstrate our talents, and accomplish our capacity with a good result is to play the good teams and excellent players in a good moment of them, and then play away from home, so it’s a struggle for us, but I prefer to have difficulties in front of me, like Sunday.
BRIGHTON VS. VILLA’S TEAM
All-Star keepers: Emi Martinez, Robin Olsen, and Filip Marschall
Ashley Young, Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Calum Chambers, Tyrone Mings, Jan Bednarek, Ludwig Augustinsson, and Lucas Digne are the defenders for the team.
Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Marvelous Nakamba, Emi Buendia, Jacob Ramsey, Morgan Sanson, Boubacar Kamara, and Leander Dendoncker all play in the middle of the field.
In the attacking group, we have Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, and Cameron Archer.
Achilles injuries have sidelined Diego Carlos, Jed Steer, and Philippe Coutinho (thigh)
Not Available: Frederic Guilbert (not involved)