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.
— villareport (@villareport) December 28, 2016
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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gutted lol gona miss @J_Kodjia so bad! Good Luck though at the AFCON!
— Michael Christie (@mike_christie8) December 28, 2016
— avillafan.com (@Avillafan) December 28, 2016
How important is replacing Kodjia whilst he's away? Do you think Villa should go all out to get Rhodes in? Or who else..? #avfc
— Aston Villa View (@MyVillaView) December 28, 2016
For me, risk of injury is significant given likely poor pitch quality, and after Kodjia we don't really have much quality at 9 #AVFC
— Matt (@dvtavfc) December 28, 2016
Assuming players join up with squads after new yr fixtures & CIV & Ghana stay in all the way til the end, we lose Ayew & Kodjia for 5 games
— ???? (@Yxllop) December 28, 2016
so really were just loosing 1 player kodjia#????
— k j bache (@kbache84) December 28, 2016
Would rather Ayew went to afcon than Albert tbf
— nycvillan (@nycvillan) December 27, 2016
— Comrade and Grealish fan (@Stokesey84) December 27, 2016
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.
— Aston Villa news (@AVFC_News) December 28, 2016
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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