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24th Oct, 2016 | 5:58pm

Has Bruce dropped Aston Villa selection hint ahead of Birmingham fixture?

By Amir Mir

Steve Bruce watched as Aston Villa Under-23s lost 2-1 to Swansea in Premier League 2 at Bodymoor Heath.

Academy graduates Andre Green and Keinan Davis started alongside Gabby Agbonlahor in a front three in the second City derby against Birmingham on Monday afternoon.

As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Bruce was watching on as the club’s longest serving player was taken off, after 60 minutes, with the visitors leading 1-0.

Bruce’s attendance hinted at a recall for forward Agbonlahor ahead of the Championship showdown between Villa and Birmingham this coming weekend.


The Welsh outfit took the lead through Dwain Jones, who converted from a corner, with Davis levelling the scoring just after the hour mark, before Easah Suliman converted into his own net.

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Former centre-back Bruce has put striker Agbonlahor on a six-week fitness programme, after the recently-appointed boss provided the 30-year-old with a clean slate.

Agbonlahor has not featured for the club this season, as the club’s former manager Roberto Di Matteo froze out the highly-criticised forward.

The former England international gave up the Villa captaincy last season, following numerous off-field issues, as his boyhood club were relegated into the second-tier.

Agbonlahor has scored four goals in eight appearances against Birmingham, and he has been on the winning side on six occasions, with Villa now set to visit St Andrews at the weekend.

In other Aston Villa team news, this senior Villa man has been named in the EFL team of the week, following back-to-back wins.