Steve Bruce suggests Aston Villa could have Jonathan Kodjia back for Sheffield Wednesday clash

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

Jonathan Kodjia missed Aston Villa's most recent Championship clash due to injury, but could be back for their next game.

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce has hinted that there is a chance that Aston Villa will have Jonathan Kodjia back for their clash with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend after he sustained an ankle injury, the Express and Star reports.

Kodjia had to be taken off during the latter stages of the Second City derby with Birmingham at the weekend due to an injury on the ankle that has only just recovered after the break he suffered at the end of last season.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa celebrates his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 1, 2017 in Birmingham,...

But ahead of their clash with the Owls at Villa Park this weekend, Bruce has suggested that the 28-year-old could be back after sitting out the game against Preston North End in midweek.

“We don’t think it’s serious, thankfully. We hope he might be available for the weekend,” he said, as reported by the Express and Star.

A general view prior to the pre-season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

“I would suggest he is less than 50-50 because he was a bit sore. But the scans are OK, the X-Ray is OK."

The news that Kodjia could be back will undoubtedly provide a boost for the Villans as they look to go into the international break in a strong position after a brilliant run of form.

Bruce's men have suffered just one league defeat since August and are now up to fifth in the Championship table. But while Wednesday are in mid-table, Carlos Carvalhal's side are almost always a tough nut to crack and will surely be in a much better position come the business end of the campaign.

So having a player of Kodjia's calibre in the ranks for the weekend would unquestionably provide the side with a huge lift and would definitely boost their chances of maintaining their current momentum heading into the break.

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