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21st Oct, 2016 | 2:33pm

Have Aston Villa dropped starting XI hint v Fulham with programme cover?

By Will Butcher

Aston Villa could have potentially dropped a starting line-up hint after placing £12million man Ross McCormack on the cover of their match programme.

Steve Bruce’s side face Fulham on Saturday as they look to pick up just their third Premier league win of the season, following Roberto Di Matteo’s dismal start with the Midlands giants.

Villa’s official Twitter account revealed that Scotland international McCormack was on the cover of the official matchday programme, despite failing to start in Villa’s last six Championship encounters.

Former Leeds striker McCormack featured for just five minutes in Villa’s first away win since August 2015 on Tuesday night, as Bruce’s men secured a 2-1 away win against Reading.

McCormack, who moved to Villa Park this summer from Fulham for an astounding £12million, has struggled to hold down a regular starting place with the Midlands giants possessing an abundance of attacking talent.

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The likes of Jordan Ayew, Jonathan Kodjia, Jack Grealish, Albert Adomah and Rudy Gestede are all vying for a place in Bruce’s starting 11.

Bruce, 55, will be hoping to keep his unbeaten as Villa boss going against Fulham on Saturday, as he aims to orchestrate his side’s rise up the Championship table

A win could see Villa move up to a lofty 12th position, if other results go their way.

In other Aston Villa team news, Bruce has delivered an update on Villa’s recruitment.