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Latest Bruce update on 29-year-old hands Aston Villa fresh worry



Steve Bruce has revealed that Neil Taylor is struggling with a groin injury following last night’s defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

Taylor was forced from the field at half-time of Aston Villa’s 3-1 defeat to QPR last night, with Bruce moving to confirm that the Welshman has a problem with his groin.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail about the defender, Bruce said: “He had a sore groin.

“There was two or three of them that had strains but he was the most severe. We’ll see how he is but he was very, very sore at half-time.”

Keinan Davis replaced Taylor at half-time, as Bruce chased the game with Villa trailing to goals from Ryan Manning and Jake Bidwell.

Ultimately, Villa couldn’t get themselves back into the game, with Luke Freeman making it 3-0, before James Chester’s consolation goal.

Villa are now seven points adrift of the automatic promotion places heading into the weekend, when they face Bolton Wanderers.

Taylor, 29, is a doubt for Saturday, which potential hands Bruce a selection headache, with Alan Hutton, who has featured at left-back ahead of Taylor for much of the season, also struggling with injury.

In Hutton’s absence, Taylor has started Villa’s last three Championship fixtures.

The Verdict  

Taylor is a player who divides opinion at Villa Park, however, his absence on Saturday will worry Bruce, who finds his defensive options stretched.

Hutton has impressed at left-back this season, but Taylor is the club’s only natural option on that side of defence, which leaves Bruce with a big headache heading into Saturday.

The trip to Bolton could see a youngster handed a chance.

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