Bruce delivers Aston Villa fitness update for Wigan clash, senior ace back and duo miss out
By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce has said that Ross McCormack will be fit for Aston Villa’s clash against Wigan on Saturday afternoon, but stated that it is “too early” for Nathan Baker and Mark Bunn.
Promotion expert Bruce also revealed that the Midlands side are in a “difficult position” because 19-year-old goalkeeper Matija Sarkic will have to be on the bench against Wigan.
Back-up keeper Bunn [Knee] has not recovered, while centre-back Baker [groin], who missed the defeat at Leeds, is set to be absent for the weekend clash at Villa Park.
But the positive news for Bruce is that senior striker McCormack, who has not played since the 2-1 win against Blackburn in early November, is now in contention to play.
“I think Ross [McCormack] is going to be okay,” Bruce told his Friday press conference, as quoted by the club’s official Facebook page. “I think it’s going to be too early for Nathan [Baker].
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“I think it’s too early for the [back-up] goalkeeper [Bunn] too, it looks as if he hasn’t responded to treatment, which has left us in a difficult position because we have got the young kid [ Sarkic] on the bench which is not helpful. But thankfully we believe he is good enough – and if called upon I’m sure he will be fine.”
Forward McCormack has found life difficult at Villa Park since his £12 million summer move from fellow Championship rivals Fulham.
He has scored two goals in 13 league appearances and the Scotsman will be hoping to end a seven game goal drought at the weekend.
Bruce’s side are six points off the play-offs, following their 2-0 defeat at Leeds last time out, but they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run on home soil this term.
They come up against a Wigan side who are struggling in the relegation zone with 18 points to their name and nine defeats in 19 league games.
In other Aston Villa team news, manager Steve Bruce has explained why Leeds beat their Championship rivals.