How Moses Odubajo's fitness update is a boost for Aston Villa

Hull's Moses Odubajo in action with Arsenal's Joel Campbell

Aston Villa could benefit from the Hull City star's impending return.

Hull's Moses Odubajo in action with Arsenal's Joel CampbellHull's Odubajo (right)

A Hull City player's fitness update would not usually be of interest to supporters of Aston Villa, but Moses Odubajo's just might.

The right-back was a key member of last season's promotion-winning side, managed of course by new Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce, but is yet to feature in the Premier League thanks to an injury suffered during Hull's first pre-season friendly.

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conferenceNew Aston Villa boss Bruce

"I'm progressing really well and I think I've got about another month to go," Odubajo told Hull's official website. "Hopefully by the next international break I'll be in and around things, which is good."

In Odubajo's absence, Ahmed Elmohamady has played in all but one of Hull's eight league matches, but may find himself displaced when the former England Under-20 international returns - as he was at various stages last season.

This is where Aston Villa come in, whose new boss is already being tipped for a January reunion with the man he signed for Sunderland and Hull - despite being in the job less than a week.

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

With memories of Hull's bright start fading by the week and the manager he cited as a factor in his decision to sign a new contract allegedly keen to work with him once more, Elmohamady is likely to fancy the move to Villa Park - regardless of the current divisional gap between the two clubs.

An upturn in fortunes for Villa under Bruce - whose side are 20th in the Championship - could further twist the Egyptian's arm before January, with Odubajo's return softening the blow for Hull.

Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady looks dejected after being sent offHull's Elmohamady

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