Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he aims to utilise “a nice mixture” of youth and experience for the club’s FA Cup clash against Peterborough United on Saturday.
The Villans come into the tie off the back of a comprehensive 5-0 thrashing of Bristol City last weekend, a result which lifted them to fifth in the Championship table.
Their opponents at Villa Park, League One side Peterborough, suffered a much more frustrating start to 2018, with Doncaster snatching an injury time equaliser in the club’s 1-1 draw on New Year’s Day, leaving them eighth in England’s third tier.
Ahead of the tie, Bruce has delivered some exciting early team news, confirming that club captain and star defender John Terry is set to make to make his return from injury alongside 19-year-old winger Andre Green, although ruled Scott Hogan out after suffering a blow against Bristol City.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “Hogan twisted his ankle just before I took him off and he’s out tomorrow.
“But Terry and Green will play and Lansbury will feature.
“It gives me the chance to have people in the team who really need a game. Even the great John Terry needs a game.
“We’ve got a nice mixture of experience and the young ones. Five of them will be 20 years old or under tomorrow.”
Terry, a free signing last summer after his contract at Chelsea expired, had appeared in every minute of the club’s 16 league fixtures this season before limping off after 21 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday back in November, with the layoff keeping him out the last 10 matches.
Green meanwhile has been out of action since September, suffering a hamstring injury, having made just six appearances across all competitions prior to the blow.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are in a Championship hunt for a second tier midfielder.