Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce claims Gabriel Agbonlahor could be vital

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Aston Villa at Deepdale on November 1, 2017 in Preston, England.

Gabriel Agbonlahor is currently on the verge of returning from injury for Aston Villa.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce has stated that Gabriel Agbonlahor could become vital for Aston Villa in the coming weeks, as he looks to cover for absences, in his press conference, which was broadcast on the club's official Facebook page.

Both Scott Hogan and Jonathan Kodjia are set to spend a long time on the sidelines with injury, which leaves Villa’s options short up-front.

Keinan Davis looks likely to continue to lead the line for the claret and blues, but Villa lack a senior striker now.

With Ross McCormack out on loan, Agbonlahor is the most experienced forward available to Villa.

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

At the moment the 31-year-old is out with injury, but he is close to returning to fitness.

And Bruce admits that it will be important that Agbonlahor hits form straight away, as he could come straight into his first-team thinking now.

Bruce said: “It could be vitally important that Gabby gets the bit between his teeth again, because obviously we’re a little bit short.”

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

Agbonlahor has made just four appearances for Villa this season, scoring once and claiming an assist.

Villa have been in excellent form over recent weeks, and will be hoping that their injury problems do not derail their campaign.

Bruce’s side are next in action at the weekend, when they take on Queens Park Rangers.

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