Mile Jedinak could start for Aston Villa at centre-back in their crunch Championship clash with Midland rivals Birmingham City.

Dean Smith has confirmed that Mile Jedinak could return to Aston Villa’s starting XI this weekend – at centre-back.

The veteran Australian has found Championship football hard to come by under the former Brentford boss and he has been left on the bench for each of the club’s last four league games.

But, with Tommy Elphick, Axel Tuanzebe and James Chester all on the sidelines ahead of this weekend’s Midland derby clash with bitter rivals Birmingham City, Smith’s hand could be forced.

In quotes reported by the Birmingham Mail, the 47-year-old admitted that he could be forced to turn to the out-of-favour Jedinak and play him in a position where he has really struggled in the past.

“We’ve been unfortunate on the injury front and the players have come through it. I could just make one change and put Mile Jedinak in at centre-back,” Smith said in his pre-match press conference.

Needless to say, this has not boosted the confident of Aston Villa fans wary of a defeat against Garry Monk’s plucky Birmingham side at St Andrews. They have not forgotten Jedinak’s error-strewn display in September’s 4-1 thrashing at Brammall Lane when he was asked to play out of position after all.


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