By Matt Farr
Steve Bruce has named an unchanged Aston Villa side for their Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Sam Johnstone, James Bree, James Chester, Nathan Baker, Neil Taylor, Albert Adomah, Mile Jedinak, Henri Lansbury, Jordan Amavi, Conor Hourihane, and Jonathan Kodjia all retain the places in the line up following the 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.
However, 32-year-old Alan Hutton has returned from a knee injury, and takes up arms on the bench, allowing Bree to make his first start at Villa Park since his January arrival from Barnsley.
Aston Villa announced their confirmed starting eleven on their official Twitter account ahead of kick off.
Team news: Here are our Lions for #AVLSHW…
Play well, guys. ️⚽️👍🦁 pic.twitter.com/m6dn20FyrE
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) March 11, 2017
Bruce must once again make the most out of his depleted resources against a side that have shown they are no pushovers this season, with Huddersfield flying high in third place.
Villa are without injured midfield trio Jack Grealish, Birkir Bjarnason and Andre Green (all knee), while Scott Hogan (ankle), and Leandro Bacuna (suspension) are also still sidelined.
But Gary Gardner is also back at Bruce’s disposal, and joins Hutton in the matchday squad.
Aston Villa begin the tie in 16th place in the Championship, but they could jump as high as 12th with a win over their promotion-eyeing opponents.
A defeat, on the other hand, could see them drop one place to 17th, behind Midlands rivals Birmingham, who face Cardiff.
In other Aston Villa team news, Jamie Carragher has admitted that he was delighted when this transfer collapsed.