Steve Bruce on Aston Villa defender James Chester's performance against Barnsley

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.

Aston Villa managed to beat Barnsley 3-1 in their latest Championship match.

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 admitted to the Express and Star that James Chester looked ill towards the end of Aston Villa’s last match.

Chester had been struggling with the flu, but fought off illness to feature in Villa’s outing against Barnsley.

And Bruce admits that by the end of the contest, Chester was really struggling.

Villa player James Chester in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

“James played with the flu really and he looked like it towards the end," Bruce said. 

“All my staff have been sick, my doctor’s had it, my second in command has had it, the staff have had it, they’ve all had it!”

Despite Chester’s illness, the Welsh defender still managed to impress and helped Villa pick up another victory.

James Chester of Aston Villa acknowledges the fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on December 18, 2016 in London,...

The claret and blues have been in good form of late, and dispatched with Barnsley in a comfortable 3-1 win.

Villa scored their goals through a brace from Scott Hogan and a tidy finish from Conor Hourihane.

Bruce’s side have now won their last four league matches in succession, and strengthen their bid for promotion.

Villa are currently in fourth place in the Championship table, and they are starting to put pressure on the top two.

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