By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have left winger Adama Traore out of their match day squad for their Championship clash against Huddersfield, with many supporters questioning on Twitter whether he is injured again.
The former Barcelona player recently returned from injury and came off the substitutes bench in his side’s 3-0 victory over Rotherham on Saturday, but many were disappointed to have seen him miss out again.
Traore is highly regarded by supporters even though he has been on the fringes of the team since his move from Camp Nou a year ago.
Numerous fans were in agreement that midfielder Ashley Westwood should not be named in the starting XI, as academy product Nathan Baker returns from injury on the substitute’s bench.
The centre-back will watch on as captain Tommy Elphick and new boy James Chester look to build upon their first clean sheet from the weekend.
The club will pay tribute to former striker Dalian Atkinson following his death on Monday, with fans set to take part in a minute’s applause in the 10th minute, which coincides with the number he wore for the claret & blue club.
Here are the fans reaction to the team news on Twitter.
@AVFCOfficial Adama's gone again
— Sam (@SamAVFC_) August 16, 2016
@AVFCOfficial where is Adama ?????
— Pogboom (@KieranSleeman) 16 August 2016
@AVFCOfficial Strong one other than Bacuna and Cissokho that are two of the worst players to ever touch a villa shirt
— James (@JPainter_) August 16, 2016
@AVFCOfficial 4 defenders on bench? No adama or striker on bench? Other than that sweet team
— Paul Keen (@savwise82) August 16, 2016
— KINGEIGHTYONE (@KingEightyOne) August 16, 2016
@AVFCOfficial please stop playing Westwood we wanna win ??? awful player, division 2 standard at best
— Ben Hook (@Hooked_On_Ink) August 16, 2016
@AVFCOfficial Westwood again? He shouldn't be anywhere near the team
— Nathan Crowe (@Nattedogge) August 16, 2016
Di Matteo will be hoping his side can build upon their victory against Rotherham on Saturday, as the Italian looks for back-to-back wins as manager.
In other Aston Villa team news, Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway predicts the outcome of Villa’s clash with Huddersfield.