Adama is likely to miss Sunday's season curtain-raiser at Sheffield Wednesday after only just returning from injury, but the club's new £12 million signing should feature.
Aston Villa youngster Adama Traore is unlikely to make the squad for Sunday’s season’s opener at Sheffield Wednesday due to his lack of match fitness, manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed to the Birmingham Mail.
The 20-year-old winger recently returned to first-team training after sustaining an injury earlier in the summer, but Di Matteo has not had enough time to assess him ahead of the game at Hillsborough.
Libor Kozak is currently the team’s only confirmed absentee for Sunday, but Gabby Agbonlahor and Micah Richards could also miss the trip after sitting out the second half of preseason due to minor knocks.
“We have only one injury – Libor Kozák,” Di Matteo said at his pre-match press conference. “But we do have some players who are a little bit behind with the work because they have either joined us late in pre-season or they have been injured during pre-season which means they are behind schedule.”
Asked about Adama’s fitness, the Italian told the Birmingham Mail: “I haven’t had much time to make a real assessment of the boy. He came back injured from his holidays so he only just joined the group this week.”
Elsewhere, new signing Ross McCormack is set to make his Villa debut this weekend following Thursday’s £12 million move from Fulham, but the Scottish striker may well start the match on the bench after missing most of preseason with an Achilles problem.
Di Matteo is eager to get the former Leeds United man into the line-up as soon as possible, though, and has been quick to talk up not just his goalscoring record but also his creative qualities.
“Ross has had only a couple of training sessions with us so far,” the ex-Chelsea midfielder said at his press conference. “We will obviously have to assess him and see what his conditioning is like.
“We will have another training session tomorrow but he looks good so far. You look at the last four years and he has played most of the games and has a fantastic goalscoring record and he also creates for the team too.
“He creates goals for the team too and also is very sharp in and around the box. We hope he can continue his good career.”
Tommy Elphick, meanwhile, is also set to make his Villa bow against Wednesday after being named the club’s new captain, while fellow summer signings Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshibola are expected to join him in the starting XI.
Scott Sinclair could be absent, however, as reports suggest that he has travelled up to Scotland to undergo a medical at Celtic ahead of completing a £3.5 million move [h/t Daily Mail].