'Too early' – Huge blow as talismanic enforcer to miss Leeds clash v Aston Villa - confirmed

Aston Villa enforcer John Terry will not be fit for the Championship clash against Leeds United on Friday night.

The talismanic defender, a big part of the club’s push back to the Premier League, has an ankle problem and Steve Bruce confirmed that the Friday night game would come too early for him.

Bruce was talking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game on Friday night and the news was confirmed on the official Aston Villa Twitter page on Thursday lunchtime.

The 37-year-old enforcer missed 10 games with a metatarsal fracture, but has been a key part of Bruce’s side this season, with 31 Championship appearances.

The ankle problem kept him out of the game against Cardiff in midweek and his side coped without him, securing a massive three points with a late Jack Grealish goal.

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Aston Villa coped without Terry in the must-win game against Cardiff, so they should be fine against Leeds. Their opponents have bigger problems in defence, with Pontus Jansson set to miss the game through a head injury he picked up in midweek against Preston. That will leave them relying on their Under-23 squad, which should have the Aston Villa attackers smacking their lips in anticipation. 

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