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Makoun stunned at three game ban after Villa dismissal

Aston Villa midfielder Jean Makoun was unaware that a straight red in the Premier League would lead to a three game ban. The Cameroon international was dismissed in Villa's 1-1 draw with Blackpool in February, and has been unable to play for the club since due to suspension.

Makoun was told by team-mate Fabian Delph about the length of suspension he would receive.

"I am feeling really good. Everything has gone well since I've been here - apart from my red card, of course," he told the club's official website.

"In France, if you're sent off it's a one-match ban, with perhaps another match added in too. When I first heard it was three games, I thought 'what, you're joking?'

"It really upset me. It was after the match in the dressing room. Fabian told me 'you're now out for three games' and I said 'no, no.' I thought 'am I ever going to play again?' I couldn't believe it.

"I am absolutely raring to go now. I felt really bad after the red card. I had put lots of effort into getting used to the game here and being ready to put the work in for Villa.

"I felt after the red card like I was no use. It was really hard to take. It was really upsetting because above all else I want to contribute and help the team.

"It happened so quickly. I was just starting to get the rhythm of the game in this country and suddenly it was cut short for three matches.

"I am not a good spectator either. I don't like watching games because it winds me up. I prefer to be out there on the pitch and helping. I don't even like watching on television either.

"Now I am raring to go. I can't wait to get started again. I want to make a big impact on the team. It's seemed like an eternity. I have been waiting patiently.

"We're finally there now. I am prepared for the next game now, which is a tough match against Wolves."

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