Robinson calls for authorities to make exception after 'huge' Aston Villa update
Emiliano Martinez is going to be “a huge miss” for Aston Villa later this month.
That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 29-year-old’s international commitments and how they may affect Villa.
Martinez was called up to Argentina’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers last month.
The shot-stopper is expected to add to his nine caps when Argentina face Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru over the next fortnight.
According to The Daily Mail (6th October), Villa hoped to withdraw Martinez from international duty early so he would be available for the Premier League’s resumption.
However, Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has confirmed that no Premier League players will be released early from his squad.
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Therefore, Martinez is unlikely to play against Wolves on October 16th.
When asked by Football Insider if Jed Steer was capable of filling the void, Robinson said: “He’s no Martinez.
“Martinez is one of the best, if not the best in the league right now. He is going to be a huge miss for them.
“You cannot deny him the opportunity to go and play for Argentina though because he has been playing so brilliantly for them of late.
“It is unfortunately just a sign of the times. Hopefully things change quickly for players. The authorities need to revisit it and look at it more carefully because these players are in bubbles and fly on private aeroplanes. Certain exceptions need to be made for players.
“Martinez is a huge part of that Villa team. Dean Smith will not want him to go but he can’t stop him. It is a fantastic opportunity for him to go and play for his country.
“Jed Steer is a capable goalkeeper but he is no Martinez.”
Players currently have to quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK from a red-list country.
However, they can train and play if they are fully vaccinated.