Aston Villa’s Buendia and Martinez travel for Argentina game despite Prem ban

Aston Villa's Argentinian duo Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez have both travelled to South America for their country's World Cup qualifiers despite a Premier League ban.

Clubs voted last week in favour of not releasing their players for international duty if matches were taking place in countries on the UK government's travel red list.

However, Villa have allowed Buendia and Martinez to travel and will let them play the first two of Argentina's three matches in September.

This decision means that both players, who have started all three league games this season, will miss Villa's trip to Chelsea on September 11 due to isolation.

Buendia and Martinez have both been called up for Argentina's trio of World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia, with Buendia set to win his first international cap.

Villa have defied the Premier League's blanket ban on red list travel to allow them to play the first two matches, despite all three games taking place in red list nations.

The duo will not play the final match against Bolivia to ensure that the away match with Chelsea is the only game they miss and that they will be available to play when Villa host Everton on September 18.

In a club statement, Villa defended their decision by explaining that "After careful consideration we think this plan respects the long established call-up rules and balances the importance top players place on representing their countries in important matches with the best interests of Aston Villa."

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The Premier League made the decision after consulting with clubs last week as isolation would "significantly impact" on "players' welfare and fitness".

If players were to return at the end of the international break having played in a red list country then they could miss up to two league matches, the third round of the Carabao Cup and the opening round of group stage matches in Europe.

However, Buendia still has the chance to pick up his first caps for Argentina after Villa allowed him to travel, having scored his first goal since arriving from Norwich City in Saturday's draw with Brentford.

Martinez currently has eight caps for his country and was an integral part of the side that lifted the Copa America in the summer, having earned his spot as Argentina's number one in a fine first season at Villa Park.

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