Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he does not expect Glenn Whelan or Keinan Davis to have recovered from illness for the club’s New Year’s Day clash against Bristol City.

The first team duo, who have both been regular starters under Bruce this season, were both absent for the 1-0 win away at Middlesbrough on Saturday, with Robert Snodgrass heading home the only goal of the game.

With just over 48 hours between the victory over Boro and the home tie against the Robins, Bruce has delivered the blow that he is expecting neither of the pair to make it back in time for the first match of 2018.

However, he did reveal that they may well be fit enough for the FA Cup match against Peterbrough four days later, which coincides with the major boost that centre back and club captain John Terry will also be available for the tie.

He told the Express: “We’ve got a few sick in Keinan Davis and Glenn Whelan,. We’ll see how they are tomorrow.

“I can’t see too many making it back for Monday. If need be, I will look at the young ones.

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“There will be a few back for the FA Cup tie next weekend, including John Terry. That will give everybody a lift.”

Terry has been missing since breaking his foot in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the start of November, having appeared in every minute of the club’s 16 league matches before his layoff.

Midfielder Whelan missed just his second league match of the season against Boro, while youngster Davis, who has been the club’s first choice striker in the midst of an injury crisis, has made 20 Championship appearances.

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