Unai Emery has confirmed Emilliano Martinez will be assessed in Aston Villa’s final training session before facing Burnley.
Martinez experienced some discomfort and was replaced at halftime after a 5-0 victory over Hibernian at Easter Road. After Villa sprinted to a three-goal lead at halftime, Robin Olsen replaced the Argentina goalie.
After Emery’s team fell 5-1 to Newcastle United on the first weekend of the new season, the success over Hibs came on the heels of a 4-0 triumph over Everton at Villa Park.
Emery’s body language in the press conference suggested it wasn’t anything to be overly concerned about but the World Cup winner is doubtful nonetheless.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference at Bodymoor Heath, Emery said of Martinez’s injury: “Today he didn’t train and we will wait tomorrow. He has a small pain in his calf, it is not big, it’s a small pain.
“We have to take our time, and tomorrow is our last training before Sunday’s match. That’s the day to make a decision to see if he’s ready or not.”
After ten years at Arsenal, Martinez moved to the Midlands and began playing for Aston Villa in September 2020. After saving a penalty on his Premier League debut and maintaining a clean sheet as Villa defeated Sheffield United, the Argentinean quickly won over the crowd.
Martnez continued to play the entire league season, tying Brad Friedel’s club record of 15 shutouts in a season in the top division. He finished his first season with the club with the Supporters’ Player of the Season award because of his performance.
The goalie has since made over 100 appearances while donning a Villa jersey, occasionally leading the team as captain.
The Aston Villa No.1 got his hands on the most cherished prize in world football following an enthralling final victory over France and, with it, picked up the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament.