By Amir Mir

Steve Bruce has stated he has a “big decision” to make in regards to selecting Gabby Agbonlahor for Aston Villa’s fixture against Blackburn on Saturday afternoon.

The 30-year-old striker made a surprise return to the Villa squad when Bruce selected him for the second City derby last Sunday.

Villa drew that game 1-1, with Agbonlahor making an impressive ten-minute cameo appearance from the substitutes bench.

Now Bruce has admitted he is pondering whether to select the club’s longest serving player once more.

“The big decision I have got tomorrow is whether I physically train him all weekend or he is involved again,” Bruce told his Friday press conference, as posted by the club’s official Facebook page. “So that is a decision I have got to make in the next 24 hours.”

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Prior to the Birmingham clash, Agbonlahor did not feature for his side this season as former manager Roberto Di Matteo opted to leave him out of his first-team plans.

But since the appointment of Bruce, he has given the club’s former captain a clean slate as he also been put on a six-week fitness programme.

Villa are unbeaten in Bruce’s first four games in charge as they have recorded 18 points from 15 games this season, with their opponents in the relegation zone on 13 points.

In other Aston Villa team news, Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway has backed Steve Bruce’s side to beat Blackburn on Saturday.