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Villa issued with clear demand after ‘ridiculous’ Martinez update

Aston Villa fans are calling for the club to change its stance on Emiliano Martinez after Argentina called him up for their October internationals.

Martinez has been included in Lionel Scaloni’s 30-man squad to face Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru between October 8 and 15.

The 29-year-old has cemented his place as Argentina’s number one over the last 12 months and played a key role in their Copa America win during the summer.

The Villa shot-stopper joined up with his country last month, alongside teammate Emiliano Buendia, and both players were forced to isolate for 10 days after leaving Argentina.

Argentina is still on the UK’s coronavirus red list, meaning anyone who arrives on these shores from the South American nation has to isolate.

Even if Martinez doesn’t take part in Argentina’s final qualifier with Peru in the early hours of October 15, his involvement in the other games would see him miss Villa’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on October 16 through isolation.

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If Scaloni selects Martinez against Peru the goalkeeper could be forced to miss Villa’s game at Arsenal on October 22 too.

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Villa reached a compromise with Martinez before the last international break and will attempt to do something similar this time around.

The club will be hoping Martinez isn’t caught up in drama like last month where health officials stormed the pitch while Argentina were playing Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Martinez was one of four Premier League players accused of not following strict Covid-19 protocols by the Brazilian health officials and the game was abandoned.

The majority of Villa supporters reacting to Martinez’s latest call-up are hoping the club take a more hard-line stance and block the goalkeeper from joining up with Argentina.

One fan said: “This is getting ridiculous now.” A second added: “Don’t let him go.”

A third Villa supporter also voiced displeasure at Argentina’s decision to call Martinez up again, saying: “Villa had better not let Martinez go this time after the debacle in Brazil.”

Another Villan, commenting on our Facebook page, said: “No one should be travelling to a red list country unless it is absolutely necessary, a football game is not absolutely necessary!”

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