Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is contemplating changes for the midweek trip to Reading after seeing his team battered by Cardiff City.
Bruce said Villa’s 3-0 defeat in south Wales was ‘on the edge of embarrassing’ and labelled the match a ‘rude awakening’ for his star-studded squad.
But how many changes will he make against Jaap Stam’s Royals?
Bruce will be without winger Ahmed Elmohamady after the Egyptian suffered a nasty injury to his mouth against Cardiff.
Elmohamady collided with Bluebirds goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and had to be taken off in the first half.
Jonathan Kodjia (ankle) and Mile Jedinak (groin) are still thought to be a little while away from returning. Jack Grealish (kidney) is a long term absentee.
We expect Bruce to make four changes to the side that were comprehensively beaten by Cardiff.
Bruce hinted after the match that he would look to solidify his midfield again which will probably see Villa revert to the 4-3-3 system they used for the majority of last season.
A defence that looked untouchable a couple of weeks ago is now having some serious questions asked of it and Alan Hutton should make way for young right-back James Bree.
Hutton has been one of Villa’s better performers during the Bruce era but he made several untimely errors against Cardiff and can have no complaints if Bruce does drop him.
Glenn Whelan has struggled in his first two Villa appearances but Bruce is expected to stick with him. Spurs loanee Josh Onomah should continue alongside him but we expect Conor Hourihane to replace Henri Lansbury in the middle.
Albert Adomah replaced Elmohamady at the weekend and is the favourite to do so from the start on Tuesday, while Andre Green could come in out wide.
Source : BirminghamMail