By Danny Wright

10th Apr, 2017 | 1:25pm

Steve Bruce delivers injury update on Aston Villa 28-year-old, this is when he returns

By Danny Wright

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Birkir Bjarnason will return to action before the end of the season.

The 28-year-old, who moved to Villa in January, had a rocky start to life in the West Midlands before he was struck with a knee injury against Rotherham in early March.

He made just eight appearances before his injury and has missed a total of six games since.

Bruce saw his squad plagued by injuries but he has still managed to guide his team away from the relegation zone with a run of seven wins in eight games before they drew with Burton on Saturday.

“He’s out of the leg brace and I expect him to be fit before the end of the season,” said Bruce as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

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“He’s fine. He’s doing a bit of running and cycling now. He ran for the first time (since the injury) last week.”

Villa still have five games left to play this season with a second-city derby clash with Birmingham later this month.

They finish the season on May 7 by welcoming current league-leaders Brighton to Villa Park – a game which Bruce hopes Bjarnason will be able to play in.

The 57-time Icelandic international struggled to settle into life at Aston Villa, playing in a variety of positions across the midfield.

He previously had spells at Sampdoria, Standard Liege and Viking before securing a switch from Basel in the winter transfer window.

In other Aston Villa news, Nigel Clough has delivered his thoughts on Villa’s defence following their draw with Burton.

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