With the September international break now behind us, Aston Villa are gearing back up for our Premier League clash with West Ham United this weekend, and head coach Dean Smith had already given his injury update ahead of the game, but we have now provided a clarification on Jonathan Kodjia’s problem.
With Smith already revealing that Kodjia had taken a knock to the head over the international break and was extremely unlikely to come into his thoughts this weekend, most fans I guess instantly though of the concussion protocol, but the 29-year-old has actually suffered a fractured cheekbone.
Speaking to the Official Site on Friday afternoon, Smith explained that after an innocuous clash with Marvelous Nakamba, Kodjia had come out worse for wear and would now be out for the next three weeks with the fracture.
“Jonathan has fractured a cheekbone on the training ground. He just clashed heads with Marvelous in a non-competitive part of training. We thought it was fine but they picked up a fracture at the hospital and he’s had an operation which means he will be out for two-three weeks. He will come back initially non-contact and then we will have to see how he goes. We have seen a few of these injuries where masks are worn so we will certainly be looking at that longer down the line.”
Not exactly what we needed given our options up front, but it should provide an answer for those fans who felt Kodjia, given his game time, had his eye on an exit and was maybe being problematic for Smith.