Eric Black gives update on Jores Okore's situation at Aston Villa

The Danish defender has not featured for Villa since last month's 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur after being demoted to the Under-21s for refusing to sit on the bench against Bournemouth.

Aston Villa have yet to decide whether they will take any disciplinary action against Jores Okore following his spat with Eric Black, the caretaker manager has revealed at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Watford.

Okore, 23, has been training with Villa’s Under-21s for the past two weeks after Black revealed that he had refused to be named as a substitute for the 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth.

He is since alleged to have maintained that stance, prompting the interim boss to demote him from the first-team for the rest of the season.

The Danish centre-back took to Twitter earlier this week to dispute those claims, but Black insists that he is comfortable with the version of events he presented.

Asked whether Okore is facing punishment for his conduct, the Scot told reporters: “That’s ongoing as well. Again, I’m very comfortable with what I presented in my first statement about Jores.

“I’m 100 percent comfortable with what I said. His retorts are his retorts.”

Okore has made 46 total appearances for Villa since joining the club from Danish side FC Nordsjælland in June 2013, scoring one goal, but he has spent extended time on the sidelines over the past three seasons due to persistent knee problems.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old defender revealed to Ekstra Bladet in February that he felt he had not been given a fair chance to establish himself in the side when fit and also expressed his frustration that the club had failed to offer him a contract extension with less than 18 months left to run on his current deal.

Talks over fresh terms have still not begun more than two months later, and given recent events, it looks like the Denmark international’s spell in Midlands could well be coming to an unceremonious end this summer.

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