By Laura O'Leary

6th Nov, 2017 | 2:59pm

Aston Villa handed major fitness boost ahead of international break

By Laura O’Leary

Steve Bruce has revealed that Jonathan Kodija will “probably be fit” for when Aston Villa play Queens Park Rangers a week on Saturday.

In an interview with Birmingham Mail, Steve Bruce provided the positive update on the 28-year-old ahead of the international break.

He said: “Kodjia will probably be going (on international duty).

“He wants to go and by next Saturday he will probably be fit.”

The striker has missed the Villans’ last two games, against Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday, after suffering an ankle injury against Birmingham City.

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The 28-year-old had surgery on the same ankle in the summer, and it caused him to miss Aston Villa’s first six games in the Championship this season.

The Ivory Coast international injured his ankle originally at the tail end of last season in a game against Blackburn Rovers.

Last season, in his 40 appearances for the Villans in the Championship, he was able to score 19 goals.

So far this season, in eight Championship appearances, he has grabbed one goal and two assists.

The forward is expected to be fit enough to play for his country on Saturday when they play Monaco in a World Cup Qualifier.

The Villans currently sit sixth in the Championship ahead of their next game with QPR, having taken 26 points from 16 games.

In other Aston Villa news, James Chester named the player he believed was key if the Villans wanted to achieve promotion this season.

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