There were a number of positives and smiles that could be taken from Aston Villa’s victory over Dynamo Dresden on Saturday, but there were a few concerns and question marks for the faithful.
One was, of course, the goalkeeping error by Jed Steer that gifted them their goal in the 2-1 victory, but the other was the omission of Ivory Coast international striker Jonathan Kodjia.
The Birmingham Mail reported ahead of the game that they understood the 28-year-old was suffering with an injury, and obviously given his lack of game time following his lengthy spell on the sidelines last season that sent a number of fans into a flutter.
There was no confirmation as to whether the injury was serious or simply he’d picked up a knock so not travelling and being involved with the game was simply a precaution.
Given the time of year though plenty of others thought ‘injury’ was transfer window speak for ‘in talks’ with another club ahead of a possible move away given well known Financial Fair Play problems at the club despite our recent takeover.
Time will tell which outcome fans should’ve been worrying about.
Looked way out ever since he came back from injury. Shame.
— kieran clarke (@nobasauras) July 28, 2018
Reckon they’re protecting him given kick off is next week and erm, he’s our only fit striker
— George (@AVGeorge_) July 28, 2018
He’s on his way out I reckon
— Adam Clinton (@AdamClinton9) July 28, 2018
Probably a good thing considering he is our only fit striker and we kick off next week?
— Zack Underhill (@Zack_Underhill) July 28, 2018
He scored past Walsall
— James Evans (@jamesaevans97) July 28, 2018
???????? getting sold.
— Ollie Mc (@OllieMc23) July 28, 2018
Last game before start of the season. Saving his legs no doubt.
— Scott Robbins (@Scotty_Villa) July 28, 2018
Picked up a knock on Wednesday vs West Ham
— Simon Lines (@simonlines) July 28, 2018
Kinda glad. He’s tries to do far too much. He needs to give the ball out wide early and get into the box instead of trying to take on their entire squad.
— Ry. ???? (@RH180) July 28, 2018