Aston Villa will be without Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore against Newcastle United on Saturday.
And, as to be expected, a number of Villa fans have been reacting to the confirmed news on social media.
Where will Villa finish this season?
Watkins missed last week’s opener against Watford with a knee injury, and Smith admitted he was hopeful the forward could return for the clash with Brentford next weekend.
Villa fans react
Preece shared the news regarding the injured pair on Twitter on Friday morning, labelling it as a ‘big blow’.
These Villa fans were all quick to give their thoughts to the news, with a selection of negative responses available to view below.
“Season unravelling before it starts! Last year’s polished start seems a distant memory. It just feels like like we are not ready. Injuries, late arrivals, formation woe, coaching staff departures, starman gone, hardly ideal planning!!!”
“Hopefully someone asked why on earth Traore and Targett played two matches in two days. Mindless that was. Cannot believe someone made that decision.”
“A shambles. Preseason was very poor, the big distraction didn’t help I guess.”
“Ouch no Ollie again”
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