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Dean Smith provides Aston Villa injury update ahead of Chelsea & reveals when Martinez & Buendia could return

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Saturday’s Premier League action will draw to a close in west London, when Chelsea play host to Aston Villa.

Aston Villa have had something of a mixed start to 2021/22, which has not been helped by injuries to key players.

Dean Smith’s side began their Premier League campaign by losing 3-2 to a newly promoted Watford side.

Villa were then able to bounce back by picking up a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the league and then smashing six past Barrow in the 2nd round of the League Cup.

However, in their last clash before the international break, the Villains were held to a 1-1 draw by newly-promoted Brentford.

Aston Villa now face the daunting task of traveling to a Chelsea side who are very much one of the favourites to win the Premier League this season.

Dean Smith provides injury updates/ Speaks on Martinez & Buendia

Ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge, Dean Smith held his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Smith discussed a number of topics in his press conference, including injury news.

And, it does look to be largely good news for Villa ahead of Chelsea, with Leon Bailey back to full fitness, whilst Bertrand Traore – who missed out vs Newcastle and Brentford – has been training over the last couple of days as well.

“We should be welcoming Ollie Watkins back. We’ve also got Leon Bailey back to full fitness now.”

“Bertrand Traore has trained the last couple of days as well. John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey have recovered from their Covid-19 situations too.”

Smith also confirmed that Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia – who travelled to red-list countries during the break with Argentina – are back in a green zone country and are working hard to get ready for the clash with Everton:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 8 13 19
2 Liverpool FC 8 16 18
3 Manchester City 8 13 17
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 3 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 -3 15
6 Manchester United 8 6 14
7 West Ham United 8 5 14
8 Everton FC 8 4 14
9 Brentford FC 8 3 12
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 0 12
11 Leicester City 8 -1 11
12 Arsenal FC 8 -5 11
13 Aston Villa 8 0 10
14 Crystal Palace 8 -3 8
15 Southampton FC 8 -4 7
16 Watford FC 8 -8 7
17 Leeds United 8 -8 6
18 Burnley FC 8 -8 3
19 Newcastle United 8 -9 3
20 Norwich City 8 -14 2

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 7
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3