Date: 23rd December 2017 at 10:50pm
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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has delivered the critical update that both John Terry and Chris Samba look set to miss the club’s clash against Brentford on boxing day.

The powerhouse duo, who would be key figures in the starting line up if fit, were both missing for the club’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday, as Bruce saw his side let their 2-0 lead, built in the opening 10 minutes of the tie, slip away to a Clayton Donaldson double at Villa Park.

Speaking after the game, Bruce revealed that long term absentee Terry, who was appointed the club’s captain after joining on a free transfer over the summer, was still recovering from a broken bone suffered at the beginning of November, and that he is not ready for first team action.

He also said that Samba was still suffering from the injury which has ruled him out of the club’s last two games, which leaves the options for Bruce at the back severely limited.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “(On Terry) We’ve just got to wait. We need to give it time.

“He’s not ready and it’s a broken bone, we can’t rush him. We’d all love to see him out there but we’ve got to be patient.

“It’s not just that, Chris Samba is injured as well.

“We’ve been meddling around with it a little bit on injuries but that’s what we’ve been dealt.”

Terry has been missing for Villa for the last seven games, having played every minute of the club’s league matches before his enforced substitution against Sheffield Wednesday.

Samba meanwhile has 10 league outings under his belt this season, and replaced Terry in the line up, starting six of the club’s last eight matches in his absence.

In other Aston Villa news, Bruce confirmed secret talks were held over the capture of an experienced figure from their Championship rivals.

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