Steve Bruce: This is what has impressed me about Aston Villa
By Matt Farr
Steve Bruce has admitted he has been impressed with the attitude of his first team squad throughout their injury crisis.
Aston Villa have been reduced to the bare bones in recent weeks, with as many as 12 first team players sidelined with respective injuries and knocks.
But the Championship club still managed to pull through unscathed, and they picked up five wins from their last six league outings.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, the Aston Villa chief praised his squad’s attitude during their injury crisis, thanking them for digging deep to maintain their decent form despite their depleted resources.
He said: “All credit to the ones who have played through it. We’ve been down to the bare bones.
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“All credit to them they haven’t moaned about it, we’ve got on with it, we’ve really really dug deep to make sure we’ve got a decent run.
“We’re all just kicking ourselves to think what might have been if we’d just had a poor January instead of a horrible one.”
The international break provides Bruce and Aston Villa with a perfect opportunity to push their remaining absentees back to full fitness, ahead of what will be a testing final eight games of the season.
Scott Hogan, Gary Gardner and Alan Hutton are three senior players to have already made their comebacks for the first-team, but Bruce hopes to have several more back in contention when they take on Norwich on April 1.
Jack Grealish could re-enter the frame against the Canaries, while Andre Green, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Henri Lansbury, Birkir Bjarnason, Nathan Baker, James Bree, Libor Kozak, and Ritchie De Laet have also been absent.
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