'Please don't': Aston Villa fans react as Smith suggests Mile Jedinak plan

Dean Smith had coach of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park on November 02, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa poses for a picture during a press conference at Villa Park on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic at Villa Park on August 11, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on August 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

 

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