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Aston Villa's Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez refusing to take risks with his fitness

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez is not taking risks due to his physical condition before the World Cup.

I win a game and I want to drink cola and no’: Aston Villa’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez refuses to take risks with his fitness for fear of missing the World Cup due to injury

  • Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez wants to be fit for the World Cup in Qatar
  • The 30-year-old is expected to be part of Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad.
  • Martínez does not take risks and has stopped eating bread and soft drinks
  • Argentina kicks off its World Cup campaign with a match against Saudi Arabia
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

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Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is not taking any chances with his fitness ahead of going to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

The goalkeeper is expected to start for Argentina in the opening match of the tournament against Saudi Arabia on November 22 and is currently with the national team for its friendly match against Honduras.

Once he returns from international duty, Martinez will hope to play all nine games for Steven Gerrard’s team, but he is focused on staying injury free.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez is not taking risks due to his physical condition before the World Cup.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez is not taking risks due to his physical condition before the World Cup.

The 30-year-old told the Argentine newspaper Clarín: ‘When we return from this tour, the month of October remains and nothing else.

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“I was talking about it with my brother, that in October we have nine or ten games with Aston Villa between now and the World Cup, which are going to happen very quickly. That’s why we’re enjoying this tour with the guys because it’s the last one.

‘I said that this year I was going to prepare like I had never prepared in my life, but when you play so many games it’s more about recovery and the fear of not getting injured. There is no time for anything now.

Martínez has stopped eating bread and drinking coke to improve his physical condition.

‘Now someone gets injured for four to six weeks and is already half a foot out of the World Cup.

‘It is normal for the player to be afraid. I am taking care of myself more than ever. I try not to touch the bread. I win a game and I want a cola and no. These are things that I am changing to have the lowest possible risk of injury.

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Like many Premier League teams, Aston Villa have changed schedules due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but Martinez is focused only on getting out of matches unscathed.

The Villains have not started the season in the best way, having only won two of their seven matches, leaving them 15th in the table.

Martinez (left) has been a regular in goal for the Villains this season having played every game.

Martinez (left) has been a regular in goal for the Villains this season having played every game.

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