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Martinez and Buendia told they could regret Aston Villa decision

Aston Villa will travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea this weekend without several of Dean Smith ‘s star players.

Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez will both miss the clash after representing Argentina in a Covid-19 “red list” country last week.

This means that both players would have to self-isolate in a hotel for 10 days upon arrival back in the UK, but have instead opted to stop-off in Croatia, according to reports.

Both players can continue training in Croatia, as it is a “green list” country and can then arrive back in the UK without the need to quarantine ahead of Villa ‘s second Premier League game of the month, against Everton the following weekend.

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Former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny believes Martinez and Buendia could end up regretting their decision to go on international duty.

He told Football Insider : “It’s a tough one because no player wants to miss playing for their country.

“That’s the pinnacle of their careers. But the club pays your wages, that’s your bread and butter.

“You’re going to miss games and it could cost your team league positions and money. Me personally, I think they will regret this.

“There are two big players there who are going to miss out against Chelsea. Maybe they are looking at this fixture thinking it’s one they’ve lost anyway. They might think it isn’t the end of the world losing that one.

“It’s a difficult one with everything that’s going on, it’s hard to say what’s right and what’s wrong. But your club football is your main concern.”

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