Report: Senior Aston Villa duo injury concerns ahead of Brentford, Bruce to make late decision
By Derek Smithson
Aston Villa pair Alan Hutton and Mile Jedinak will face late fitness checks ahead of the Championship match against Brentford, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the two senior players are going to be assessed before manager Steve Bruce selects his starting line-up.
Hutton, 32, missed the last match with an ankle injury and a late decision will be made on whether the defender can make a swift return.
Meanwhile, 33-year-old Jedinak is yet to make an appearance this season and could be in line for his comeback.
The central midfielder was not involved in Australia’s World Cup qualifying squad during the international break, but there is a chance he may be able to make his return at the weekend.
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Villa host Brentford on Saturday in the Championship, before another home fixture against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
The Midlands giants will be hoping to improve on their disappointing start to the campaign, where they have picked up just five points from their opening give games.
They could be welcoming back some experienced players at the weekend depending on fitness and they could give the team a lift.
Hutton featured in the first four games of the season before his injury setback and is a regular feature under Bruce.
Jedinak was a mainstay in the starting XI during the 2016/17 season and is expected to regain his place in the side moving forward.
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