By Will Butcher
Steve Bruce has revealed that Neil Taylor is set to make his Aston Villa debut against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
However, Bruce also told media that Mile Jedinak and Gabby Agbonlahor will not be considered as they continue their recovery from injury.
The Birmingham Mail quoted the promotion expert as saying it was too early for Agbonlahor and Jedinak, but declared that Taylor is ready to make his first appearance in claret and blue.
“Neil was sick as we know, last weekend,” Bruce said. “But he’s okay, he’s trained all week so he’s in line to make his debut.
“It’s still too early for Mile and it’s still too early for Gabby.”
Taylor, who signed from Premier League outfit Swansea, has been suffering from illness which prevented him from playing in the 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest.
However, the Wales international is now set to make his debut after Bruce dropped left-back Jordan Amavi against Forest and played a 3-5-2 formation.
Australia captain and former Crystal Palace midfielder Jedinak is struggling to overcome a groin injury and missed games against Preston and Brentford because of the muscle problem.
He is now set to remain sidelined during the clash against Ipswich, while two-time England international Gabby Agbonlahor tore his hamstring against Preston which will keep him out.
A win for Villa will be their first in eight games, after a dismal run of form that has seen them lose to the likes of Cardiff, Wolves and Brentford as well as Forest.
But three points will see them leapfrog Brentford into 13th place if the Bees lose, as they look to kick start their attempts at reaching the Championship playoffs.
Football Insider verdict:
The continued loss of Jedinak is a real kick in the teeth for manager Bruce, as the Australian continues to provide what little experience Bruce has available to him. Sittin at the base of midfield, Jedinak has gone under the radar in the work he does but his presence in midfield will eventually allow the likes of Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury to shine when he returns. Bringing Taylor back into the side is a huge plus for Bruce, bwhile the loss of Agbonlahor will not bother the former Hull and Sunderland manager too much as Jonathan Kodjia returns from the African Cup of Nations to be joined by new £12million signing Scott Hogan.
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