By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has revealed that Jordan Amavi and Adama Traore are closing in on first-team returns.

Left-back Amavi and winger Traore were not deemed fit enough by Roberto Di Matteo and his staff to feature in Sunday’s Championship opener against Sheffield Wednesday, which Villa lost 1-0.

But Xia, who was in the stand to watch the Hillsborough showdown, revealed on Twitter on Sunday evening that the pair are nearly available for selection.

Responding to a question from a supporter, Xia gave this team news update on his personal Twitter account.

Traore , 20, trained with the first-team this week after shaking off an injury sustained earlier in the summer but is not yet back to full fitness.

Amavi has played in pre-season but is not yet back up to speed after suffering a cruciate ligament injury that sidelined him for much of his debut campaign following his arrival in the summer of 2015.

Meanwhile, Xisa has promised to add “seven to eight new players” before the transfer window closes on 31 August.

He revealed Villa have lodged three bids for new players and are negotiating two loans and promised that “it will work out as planned”.

The Villa chairman took to Twitter on Saturday evening to reply to a fan about whether the club had secured enough new signings to make a promotion challenge.

In other Aston Villa team news, the club have agreed the terms of a defender deal.