Dean Smith provides updates on Chester & Kodjia ahead of West Ham

Aston Villa vs West Ham

Aston Villa play host to West Ham United on Monday evening in the final Premier League tie of week five of the 2019/20 PL season.

Villa started the weekend in 18th place with three points after winning one and losing three of their first four PL games this campaign.

West Ham, on the other hand, head into the weekend’s action in 7th place.

The Hammers have had a solid start to the season winning two, drawing one and losing one with that loss coming against Manchester City.


LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Kodjia & Chester updates

Ahead of the clash with West Ham, Villa boss Dean Smith has provided an update on two of his players.

Smith confirmed that Jonathan Kodjia has fractured one of his cheekbones in a training ground incident.

Smith stated that the forward will be out for two-three weeks:

“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.” As quoted by Aston Villa’s official website.

When speaking about James Chester, Smith confirmed that the defender is back in training after suffering from a hamstring problem in pre-season:

“He felt a hamstring in pre-season and it’s been a niggling one.

“But he’s back in training now and it’s a boost for all of us. He has Premier League experience and a lot of experience in the dressing room, too.” As quoted by Aston Villa’s official website.

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