By Danny Wright

9th Mar, 2017 | 1:25pm

Aston Villa expected 4-1-4-1 v Sheffield Weds: New signing axed

By Danny Wright

Aston Villa are expected to make just one change to the side that lost to Huddersfield as they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the Midlands on Saturday.

The only change that is expected sees Conor Hourihane dropped from the squad in place of Gary Gardner as Bruce will be desperate to keep his thin squad as fresh as possible.

The 24-year-old was a doubt for the game against the Terriers but featured on the bench, showing that he’s fit enough for a place in the first team.

Hourihane has had his injury troubles and Bruce will be keen to ensure that he doesn’t suffer a reoccurrence of the problem which scuppered his start to life at Villa Park.

The Villa injury crisis grew even worse in the last week as Jack Grealish, Birkir Bjarnason, Andre Green, Scott Hogan, Libor Kozak and Alan Hutton all remain injured or doubtful for the game.

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Leandro Bacuno will definitely miss out through suspension.

Sam Johnstone is likely to retain his place in goal with James Chester and Nathan Baker expected to keep their places at centre-back.

Neil Taylor could remain at left-back as Jordan Amavi was forced to play a more advanced role on the left side of the pitch against Huddersfield. He will likely do that again against the Owls as the club are without a natural left-sided midfielder at the moment.

James Bree replaced in-form Alan Hutton at right-back for the midweek loss and he is expected to keep his place in the side.

Mile Jedinak has been in great form for the club in recent weeks and he will be joined by Henri Lansbury and Gardner in what will most likely be the Villa midfield three.

Albert Adomah remains Villa’s only fully fit right-wing option so he is expected to start as well as Jonathan Kodjia who will retain his place up front.

If results go their way this weekend, Bruce’s side could break into the top half of the Championship and leapfrog three teams into 12th place.

However Wednesday will not be easy visitors as they look to separate themselves from seventh placed Fulham to assert their place in the play-off positions.

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