When will Bertrand Traore be back for Aston Villa? AFCON 2023 absence explained

The Burkina Faso winger has fallen down the pecking order under Spanish tactician Unai Emery due to the summer arrivals of Moussa Diaby and Nicolo Zaniolo this summer, playing just 12 minutes in the Premier League.

He has rarely been used as an option off the bench in the 2023/24 season so far. If Villa can stay injury-free, the former Lyon winger is unlikely to represent a huge loss for the high-flying Lions. From player's perspective, Traore will be hoping for a good showing at AFCON to accelerate a transfer away from Villa Park next summer.

Burkina Faso are not one of juggernauts in African football, and if they are knocked out in the group stages, then Traore will miss only two Villa games and could potentially return for their potential FA Cup fourth round tie. Should the Stallions surprise the onlookers by making a deep run into the tournament, then Traore could miss more Aston Villa games.


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