Confirmed Aston Villa line-up v Blackburn: 21-year-old axed in three changes
By Matt Bullin
Steve Bruce has named three changes to the Aston Villa team to take on Blackburn at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.
Star man Johnathan Kodjia returns from suspension to lead the line in place of Albert Adomah, while Scott Hogan retains his spot.
Miles Jedinak is ruled out through injury, so Gary Gardner comes into midfield to replace him.
Conor Hourihane also comes into the side in place of 21-year-old Jack Grealish.
The club confirmed their line up via their official Twitter account prior to the 3pm kick off.
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Subs: Bunn, Bree, Amavi, Elphick, Adomah, Grealish, Agbonlahor. pic.twitter.com/jv0rivZurP
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 29, 2017
Sam Johnstone retains his place between the sticks, while Alan Hutton and Neil Taylor start in the full-back positions.
James Chester and Nathan Baker start in central defence, as Henri Lansbury sits in front of them alongside Gary Gardner.
Hogan, Hourihane and Leandro Bacuna all start in behind their returning top scorer Kodjia – the Ivorian has 19 goals in 39 Championship appearances this term.
If Rovers fail to win today, and other result go against them, their relegation to League One will be confirmed.
Last time out Villa won a huge three points as they beat Birmingham City 1-0 courtesy of a Gabby Agbonlahor strike.
Bruce’s side will be looking the win back-to-back games and look to finish their season strong after a disappointing campaign overall.
In other Aston Villa news, David Prutton gave his prediction of the game.