Report: Di Matteo handed midfield boost ahead of Aston Villa clash v Brentford
By Amir Mir
Roberto Di Matteo could make changes to his midfield when Aston Villa host Brentford on Wednesday after Mile Jedinak returned to training following an injury, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail report that Di Matteo is considering changing his options in the middle of the park with 32-year-old Jedinak in contention to return to the starting line-up.
Midfield enforcer Jedinak was on the bench for his sides 2-2 against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, after he returned from international duty with Australia having picked up a knock.
But Jedinak who is yet to feature in front of the Villa Park crowd since making his summer move from Crystal Palace has been training with his side this week as he pushes for a starting berth.
Di Matteo opted for Ashley Westwood and Gary Gardner in midfield on the weekend, but the latters misplaced pass in the second half led to Forest opening the scoring.
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Gardner was substituted after the hour mark by Di Matteo, who is also hoping Aaron Tshibola will be in contention for a starting place after he returned to training following three games out with a hamstring injury.
In contrast Westwood has completed 90 minutes on five occasions this season, with Di Matteo only substituting the midfielder on one occasion this term.
In other Aston Villa team news, this is the expected line-up for Di Matteo in their clash against Brentford, with their big-money signing axed.