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28th Dec, 2016 | 4:40pm

Aston Villa fans react on Twitter as attacker duo exit in January

By Emma Sanders

Aston Villa fans have reacted with disappointment on Twitter after it was confirmed Jordan Ayew and Jonathan Kodjia would be departing in January to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The duo will join up with the national squads in January and will miss a number of January fixtures in the Championship as well as the big FA Cup tie against Tottenham.

The Birmingham Mail revealed Kodjia was confirmed as a member of the Ivory Coast provisional squad for the tournament on Wednesday afternoon, while Ayew will link up with Ghana after his inclusion was confirmed on Tuesday.

The duo have been a huge part of Steve Bruce’s squad so far this season so the news of their departures has come as a major blow for the club’s supporters.

Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

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Kodjia, 27, has already scored eight goals this season and is Aston Villa’s first choice striker so his absence will be heavily missed.

The striker is also a regular for his national side and should they reach the final in February, he is likely to be involved heavily for the Ivory Coast.

Ayew’s inclusion in the Ghana squad will also disrupt Bruce’s attack but supporters were relieved to hear Albert Adomah had not been selected alongside his compatriot.

The attacking pair could miss league games against Cardiff City, Wolves, Preston, Bristol City, Brentford, and Nottingham Forest as well as the clash against Tottenham.

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