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Steve Bruce issues team news update ahead of key game for Aston Villa



Ahead of their big game at Barnsley on Saturday, there was mixed news on the injury front for Steve Bruce and Aston Villa.

Firstly, on-loan Spurs midfielder Joshua Onomah should be fit to play, the club confirmed through their Twitter account.

The midfielder missed the goalless draw with Middlesbrough and it was a big blow for Villa who could’ve done with his creativity and vision having played an hour with a man advantage.

However, there wasn’t such good news surrounding two more experienced players ahead of the trip to Oakwell.

Neil Taylor is a doubt because of a shin injury whilst Mile Jedinak has an issue with his groin.

Should the Australian miss out, Glenn Whelan could take his place having been dropped to the bench for the Boro game.

Meanwhile, Birkir Bjarnason is likely to fill in for Taylor, should the former Swansea player not make it.

Icelandic international Bjarnason is primarily a midfielder but played as a wing-back at times for previous club Basel. He’s also been the man to play left-back in the Carabao Cup this season.

Alternatively, Bruce could be forced to shift one of the many right-back options he has at the club to the opposite flank if he seeks a natural defender to play against The Tyke’s tricky wide men.

The Verdict

It’s been a tough start to the season for Aston Villa but they will be glad to have Josh Onomah back. The midfielder scored his first goal for the club at Bristol City and clearly has talent.

The Neil Taylor injury is worrying because of the lack of natural cover to come in. Given the club are overloaded with right-back choices, having one left-back is bizarre.

In midfield, Glenn Whelan will have to improve on previous showings if he replaces Jedinak, as Villa search for a much-needed win at Oakwell.

What do you think Villa fans? Which players do you need to start at Barnsley? Let us know in the comments below. 

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Steve Bruce issues team news update ahead of key game for Aston Villa

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