Rushian Hepburn-Murphy's first-half strike failed to prevent Kevin MacDonald's side from falling to a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park on Monday night.
Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola featured in the under-23 side's defeat last night.
A strong Aston Villa Under-23 side eased to a 4-0 win on Monday night.
Aston Villa recorded only their second victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Reading.
The midfielder is looking to new guidance under Bruce.
The summer signing believes some Reading fans won't be welcoming him back with open arms.
The Villa boss dropped Tshibola from his starting XI at Deepdale.
The 46-year-old Italian is reportedly facing the sack if his side fail to beat Preston North End on Saturday, but among the positives to take from their recent games have been the impressive performances of Tshibola.
The Villans have not made the best start to life in the Championship.
Aston Villa failed to win against Newcastle United in the Championship on Saturday.