Aston Villa fans react to Glenn Whelan fitness reports for Wolves clash

Aston Villa  fans celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on February 11, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan could be missing in the top of the table Championship battle between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa reacts after Derby's opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Derby,...

Barely a day goes by without Aston Villa fans taking to social media to discuss the merits of Glenn Whelan.

The experienced midfielder, a £1 million summer signing from Stoke City, has divided fans like few others at Villa Park and still seems to be caught somewhere between a cult figure and a scapegoat.

Steve Bruce, however, is obviously a big fan of the 34-year-old. Whelan has started 26 Championship games this season and was particularly impressive during wins against Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday, against whom he scored his first goal in seven years.

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa and Lynden Gooch of Sunderland challenge for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21,...

So Bruce will obviously be very disappointed should Whelan miss out as Aston Villa host local rivals and Championship leaders Wolves on Saturday evening.

The Republic of Ireland international hobbled off on the hour in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Sunderland but, on the upside, Villa are not short of options to replace him. Mile Jedinak (below) came on at the Stadium of Light, Birkir Bjarnason has excelled in a central role of late while defender Axel Tuanzebe can also fill in.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa and Max Power of Wigan Athletic in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic at Villa Park on December 10, 2016 in...

And it seems that some Villa fans are less than concerned about suggestions that Whelan could be missing in a top of the table clash that could have big ramifications for their hopes of automatic promotion.

Time will tell, however, whether Whelan will be missed.

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