Derby 0-0 Aston Villa: Di Matteo clarifies Jedinak situation, comments on striker's injury

Derby County West Stand

Derby County and Aston Villa played out a 0-0 draw this evening.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has told the club's official website that he is waiting on a work permit for new signing Mile Jedinak.

Villa faced Derby County in a huge Championship clash at the iPro Stadium this evening, but the two teams – tipped to challenge for promotion – played out a 0-0 draw.

Rudy Gestede of Aston Villa in actionRudy Gestede of Aston Villa in action

Derby have scored just once this season, but did test the Villa defence as Richard Keogh's header was cleared off the line, whilst under-fire goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was forced into a save from Thomas Ince.

Villa had chances of their own, with Ross McCormack and Gary Gardner both hitting the woodwork, whilst defender Tommy Elphick had his own shot cleared off the line too.

It finished all square, meaning Villa are now unbeaten in their last three Championship games – but there is a major concern for manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di MatteoAston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

Striker Rudy Gestede was substituted after just 28 minutes with an injury, and there are fears that the Beninese star could be ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, there was no place in the Villa side for new signing Mile Jedinak, who joined the club from Crystal Palace earlier this week in an impressive signing from Di Matteo – and after the game against Derby, he looked to clarify both situations.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the endMile Jedinak

Di Matteo suggested that Gestede's injury is indeed a hamstring problem, but claimed that whilst the club doctor will assess him, it doesn't look too bad right now.

When asked about Jedinak, Di Matteo revealed that his work permit hadn't arrived in time for the game, but should be resolved in the coming days.

"He had a problem with his hamstring" said Di Matteo when asked about Gestede's injury. "The doctor will assess him. We don’t exactly know, but it doesn’t look too bad."

"The work permit hasn’t come through for today," he added on Jedinak. "Hopefully it will be done in the next few days," he added.

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