Steve Bruce has confirmed that neither Jack Grealish or Albert Adomah are likely to return for the Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Both players missed the last two games which ended Villa’s exceptional run of seven straight Championship wins.
Without the two players Villa lost 2-0 to Fulham and drew 1-1 at home to Preston North End on Tuesday night.
Star player Grealish has suffered this season from kidney problems which kept him out for the first 15 games of the season.
Now he’s struggling with a calf issue as Adomah is being kept out with his hamstring.
And the news that neither will play against Sheffield Wednesday – a game that Bruce knows his side need to win to keep up their push for an automatic promotion spot – is a shattering blow for the midlands club.
“If I was a betting man then I’d say they were both unlikely to make the weekend.
“The fear for us all is you play them, they come back too early and they’re out then for six or eight weeks and they miss the tickly bit.”
And that’s not the full extent of Villa’s injury problems as attacker Robert Snodgrass had to go off at half-time in the Preston game – according to Bruce he is ill – and Ahmed Elmohamady was only introduced late on as he picked up a knock in the Fulham game.
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