If there was one surprise during the game against Norwich City it was the absence of Yannick Bolasie from the match day squad and his tweet showing him watching the game on the box.
After Villa’s other loan winger Anwar El Ghazi watched the previous Villa game against Swansea from the stands, it’s clear both the loanees aren’t completely up to scratch in terms of their fitness.
Smith said after the Norwich defeat, that Bolasie was left behind to get him ready for the Friday evening clash at Loftus Road.
“I felt Yannick could do some strength work back at the training ground and get himself ready for Friday,” said Smith.
It’s a shame journalists can’t ask Smith a follow-up question to get the general picture on Bolasie’s fitness and why he hasn’t started a game this season. Having made seven substitute appearances it’s a bit odd he hasn’t been deemed ready to start at all for Villa yet.
An injury that turned the game on Tuesday night against Norwich was the withdrawal of Tammy Abraham to taking a knock on the head, but Smith confirmed the striker would be “fine for Friday”.
Albert Adomah, who also left the Norwich game early doors injured, is considered a doubt for Friday though.