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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is facing a meltdown with two of his star players in a major international bust-up.
Argentina are set to completely ignore Villa's stance over the release of keeper Emi Martinez and £38m new signing Emiliano Buendia.
Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni says as far as he's concerned the duo WILL play in all three games meaning they will miss two Premier League games.
Villa had come to an arrangement where they agreed to release their players for matches with Venezuela and Brazil on the condition they miss the last one against Bolivia.
That would have meant that with 10 days quarantine on their return they would only miss the league game with Chelsea on September 11.
Scaloni appears ready to totally ignore that, saying: "We gave the list for the three matches and there's no doubt about it. The players are here for the three matches."
Villa boss Smith and Chief Executive Christian Purslow are now expected to intervene and try to order their players home early as arranged.
The club's compromise meant that Martínez and Buendía would be available for the visit of Everton to Villa Park on September 18 in order to comply with the UK’s COVID-19 quarantine regulations.
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In a statement released by Villa last week, Martinez and Buendia both agreed to only play Argentina's first two qualifiers and not the third against Bolivia.
Villa's statement read: “With the permission of the club in accordance with FIFA’s international match call-up rules, Martinez and Buendia have agreed to make themselves available for Argentina’s first two World Cup qualifying matches against Venezuela and Brazil, but will not take part in the third international match against Bolivia.”
Martinez became Argentina's undisputed number one during their successful 2021 Copa America tournament earlier this summer.
Buendia, Villa's big money signing from Norwich this summer was named in the provisional Copa squad, but was later cut as Argentina trimmed their numbers ahead of the delayed tournament which was held in Brazil.
Argentina travel to Venezuela for their first World Cup qualifying game which will take place tonight(FRI) before travelling to Brazil to play a second match on September 5.
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