Dean Smith has confirmed that Jonathan Kodjia will be unavailable for Aston Villa’s match against West Ham United with a head injury, as reported by the club’s official channels.
The 29-year-old reportedly picked up an innocuous head injury during the international break, which the club will be monitoring.
This was tweeted out by the club’s official Twitter page, alongside Smith’s other injury updates:
Dean Smith has provided an injury update ahead of next Monday’s clash with West Ham.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 10, 2019
While there has been positive progress made by James Chester, Matt Targett and Marvelous Nakamba regarding their individual pursuits of full fitness, many fans simply couldn’t believe that Kodjia will be missing again.
The Ivory Coast international played 16 minutes at the end of Villa’s opening day loss against Tottenham Hotspur, but has not been in a single squad from the following four games, as per Transfermarkt, with that number now set to rise to five.
This has allowed Keinan Davis to take over his duties as back-up striker, with the 21-year-old now having played 116 minutes across three games, opening his account for the season during the 6-1 Carabao Cup win over Crewe Alexandra.
With Smith having spoken about his belief in Davis, Kodjia could struggle to retake his spot as second-choice when he is available.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the update, including posts from disgruntled Villa fans, can be seen below:
Kodjia injured with something else this time
— Dan Renshaw (@drenshawAVFC) September 10, 2019
What injury as kodjia got this week????? pic.twitter.com/LIqhJTde5M
— Robert Gibbons (@robgibb01) September 10, 2019
Kodjia doesn’t wanna play anymore simple
— Ben Wright (@Benztheking316) September 10, 2019
Kodjia starting to wear thin now.
— 5ean 0avies (@5eanieboy1986) September 10, 2019
Oh dear, Kodjia’s been thinking again
— AV-FullBIFTA (@AVFullBIFTA) September 10, 2019
Kodija – “Don’t fancy it this week”
— Alex Horton (@AV_Horton26) September 10, 2019
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