With Aston Villa’s promotion quest stuttering a little in the month of December so far, they received a mixed bag of injury news, although ultimately it leans on the positive.
Steve Bruce announced in the pre-Sheffield United match press conference that Keinan Davis will be available for selection after missing the recent Derby game through illness.
“Keinan has trained all week after his illness in the last match,” said Bruce. “We expect him to be there or thereabouts.”
It’s bad news on the midfield front with both Josh Onomah and Henri Lansbury sidelined for the clash against Sheffield United.
Henri Lansbury is still out due to his hamstring injury that he picked up against Leeds, although there’s a chance he’ll be back in contention for the Boxing Day clash away at Brentford.
“Josh Onomah has a cut on the top of his foot which was re-stitched again yesterday,” said Bruce. “We have to box a bit clever with him.”
Meanwhile there’s better news with Andre Green returning to full training and more than likely looking to get involved again in the new year. The left-winger had been over in the USA at Under Armour’s fitness centre to speed up his recovery and has been making “excellent progress” according to his manager.
Bruce also confirmed that John Terry should be back in action anytime within the next couple of weeks.
“John Terry was kicking a ball and running around the training ground like a five-year-old on Tuesday. It’s fair to say he was a little bit sore on Wednesday, which is normal.
“He’s on track. We expect him to be a couple of weeks.”
While it’s encouraging to see the Villa squad getting to a fuller state of fitness, Bruce also has the January transfer window a week away where at least a new loan striker maybe incoming.