January signing axed: Aston Villa best possible XI to play Wigan
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Aston Villa have to make three changes to the side if they are to field their best possible starting line-up against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Andre Green could be fit to return to action to face the Latics so he should replace Neil Taylor in Steve Bruce’s side.
This means that Jordan Amavi should start at left-back in place of ex-Swansea man Taylor, who has made little impact in the West Midlands since joining in January.
Amavi is more natural at left-back and hasn’t played to the best of his abilities on the left wing in recent weeks as Villa have been in the middle of an injury crisis.
Nathan Baker picked up a knee injury in the 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday so he is likely going to face a spell on the sidelines.
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Tommy Elphick came off the bench to replace Baker the win so he should seal a starting place in Bruce’s side.
Alan Hutton replaced James Bree in the win over the Owls and he should start the next match as he looks to be fully recovered from his recent injury problems.
Sam Johnstone has to keep his place in goal after keeping four clean sheets in his last five matches while James Chester’s impressive season at centre-back means he should be the only player to keep his place in the Villa defensive line.
Gary Gardner will be forced to keep his place in the side after Henri Lansbury suffered an injury to his Achilles while warming-up on Saturday.
Conor Hourihane and Mile Jedinak have been impressive in recent weeks and Bruce has to include them in his side.
Jonathan Kodjia’s brilliant goalscoring form continued against the Owls when he scored both goals in the victory, so he should retain his place as the sole striker with Albert Adomah providing him with support on the right wing.
Villa could move up to 11th place in the Championship if results go their way this weekend.
A loss to Huddersfield has been the side’s only set-back in recent weeks as they look to earn their fifth win in six games.
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