By Laura O'Leary

6th Nov, 2017 | 3:28pm

Steve Bruce delivers defiant message after huge Aston Villa blow

By Laura O’Leary

Steve Bruce believes Aston Villa simply have to “deal with it” after John Terry was ruled out until the New Year with injury.

In an interview with the Express and Star, Bruce believes that his players have to step up in the light of their captain’s absence.

He said: “We’ve got to deal with it, John has been instrumental in what we have achieved so far but that’s football.

“Chris Samba is an experienced player, Tommy Elphick, Micah Richards, all people now who can start earning their money.”

Terry broke his metatarsal in the 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, which has now sidelined him for a lengthy period.

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Bruce opted for Samba to be the man to replace Terry when he sustained the injury in the 21st minute.

While Samba was not able to help his side record a clean sheet, he was able to grab a consolation goal for the Villans in injury time.

The defeat to Sheffield Wednesday was the first time Aston Villa had lost at home since April 15 in the Championship and ended their three game unbeaten streak.

Terry had previously played every minute of Aston Villa’s Championship campaign ahead of his early substitution due to injury, though he did not feature in any of their League Cup games.

The 36-year-old in his 16 appearances this season in the Championship, has helped Aston Villa earn 7 clean sheets as well as popping up with goal in the 2-1 victory over Fulham.

The former England captain moved to the Villans in the summer from Chelsea, with him agreeing to a contract that ends in June 2018.

In other Aston Villa news, the Villans make a huge decision regarding the future of four of their players including Jack Grealish.

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