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Aston Villa boss reveals defender Jores Okore refused to be a substitute against Bournemouth

The Danish centre-back later told Eric Black that he didn’t want to play for the first team and has been banished to the under-21s.

YOU THOUGHT THINGS couldn’t get any worse for Aston Villa.

Well, you thought wrong.

Relegated and without a permanent manager, it turns out they have players refusing to be in the first-team squad.

Caretaker boss Eric Black revealed at his Friday press conference that Jores Okore has been banished to the Under-21s for the remainder of the season after he refused to be a substitute for the team’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth earlier this month.

“Jores trained pretty well ahead of the Bournemouth game”, Black said.

“I spoke to him at the start of the week and he responded well. Then, when I announced he wasn’t in the starting XI and wanted to work with them on the Friday, he came to me afterwards and told me he didn’t want to be on the bench.

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He didn’t feel right to be on the bench – I found that strange.”

After the weekend, Black spoke to Okore again and the Danish defender said he didn’t want to be considered for the first team.

The 23-year-old signed for the side in 2013 but missed the majority of his debut season because of a cruciate ligament injury.

He started alongside Ron Vlaar in last year’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

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