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28th Jul, 2016 | 3:43pm

Aston Villa chief explains the reason for absence of £7m midfielder

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has informed supporters that winger Adama Traore has been missing from the club’s pre-season this summer due to an injury.

The former Barcelona player moved to Villa Park last summer for then-manager Tim Sherwood for a fee of £7million, but the Spaniard has struggled for game time as numerous injuries have kept him out of action.

Xia, the club’s new owner told supporters on his personal Twitter account that Traore has been missing due to an injury as he gave a possible timescale of his return.

Here is Xia responding to a supporters question on Twitter about Traore’s fitness.

Adama only made nine appearances for the Midlands club last season, despite showing the Villa Park faithful his bursts of potential as his express pace on the wing impressed supporters.

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But, relegation for the club last term has seen fans question whether he will stay at the club as the former Barca graduate is set to return to action in two weeks, according to the Villa owner.

Traore was recently seen recovering with teammates Gabby Agbonlahor, new signing Aaron Tshibola and Jack Grealish who posted the picture on his personal Twitter account

Here are the four Villa players recovering.

Villa fans will be hoping Traore can recover in time for the new season and help the club push for instant promotion back to the Premier League.

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