Confirmed Aston Villa line up v Reading: 26-year-old starts in one change
By Matt Farr
Steve Bruce has made just one change to his Aston Villa side to face Reading in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
The Villa chief hands a recall to 26-year-old midfielder Conor Hourihane, following the 1-1 draw with relegation-candidates Burton Albion a week ago.
Hourihane returns to the starting eleven in place of left-back Neil Taylor, who drops out of the matchday squad as ten players retain their places.
Aston Villa announced their confirmed line-up on their official Twitter account ahead of kick-off.
️⚽️???? Team news: Our starting XI for today’s #AVLREA clash…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 15, 2017
Leading goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia is passed fit to lead the line for Aston Villa after suffering a minor injury scare against Burton.
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He has scored goals in each of his last three league appearances, and could net his 20th league goal of the season if he hits the back of the net against Reading.
There is also a place in the matchday squad for highly-rated young goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who replaces Mark Bunn on the Villa bench.
Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last five Championship games, and have been defeated only twice from their last ten outings.
They currently sit 12th in the table, but could rise as high as ninth with a win over Reading.
Their opponents have also been in fairly decent form of late, but suffered a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of promotion rivals Norwich a week ago. They had previously recorded three straight wins.
In other Aston Villa team news, Paul McGrath has sent a Twitter message to the players ahead of the tie.