Steve Bruce comments on ridiculous Aston Villa fixture list

Aston Villa's new signing John Terry, manager Steve Bruce and Chairman Keith Wyness during the press conference at Villa Park on July 3, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have seven games from December 1 to January 1.

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.

Speaking to Aston Villa's official website, Steve Bruce has commented on the "ridiculous" schedule awaiting Championship teams in December.

Aston Villa, like all Championship clubs, will play seven league matches over a 31-day period in a hectic cluster of fixtures which will mean that Bruce must rotate his squad heavily over the next month.

Bruce's side are a team bang in form and Saturday's 2-0 win over Ipswich Town was the Villans' eighth victory from their last 11 Championship games.

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.

Consequence of their brilliant form, Villa are fourth in the table, two points off an automatic promotion spot at the moment, and the veteran manager knows how important it is that his troops weather the winter storm of fixtures.

"It's a massive time for every club," he told Aston Villa's website of the hectic schedule. "The schedule is ridiculous, but that's what we English.

"We'll all try and enjoy Christmas somehow. It's a lot of games every week, but we'll get on with it."

Hull City's English manager Steve Bruce (R) celebrates with the fans on the touchline after the opening goal scored by Hull during the English Championship play-off final football match...

Villa have Jonathan Kodjia, John Terry, Jack Grealish and Henri Lansbury out at the moment, while Mile Jedinak will wait to discover the extent of his shoulder injury suffered on Saturday.

In short, Bruce already has a depleted squad to contend with and their hectic fixture list is quite worrying when you consider that rotation is going to be of paramount importance.

Still, this isn't Bruce's first rodeo - he knows a thing or two about the Championship and its Christmas period so you have to imagine his experience could stand the Villans in good stead when it comes to emerging unscathed.

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