Aston Villa could be missing as many as five important players when they resume their Championship campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday evening, the club have confirmed on their official website.

Steve Bruce’s side have won their previous four matches in the league, and will return from the international break looking to continue that good run, and put any lingering memories of their poor beginning to the campaign firmly behind them.

The Villans may have to do without a number of first team regulars for the derby contest though. Henri Lansbury, Jack Grealish, Andre Green, Gabby Agbonlahor and Mile Jedinak are all rated doubtful or definitely out of the clash.

Bruce will also have to do without full-back Neil Taylor for the match, as the Wales international is suspended after his sending off in the win over Bolton Wanderers in their last outing.

Lansbury and Grealish have returned to training and their returns are expected soon, but the Molineux showdown may come too soon for both. There is a chance Lansbury could be involved in some way, with an option from the bench being his most likely role, if he is involved.

The news is not so positive on the other trio. Agbonlahor is still struggling with the injury that is keeping him out of the side and while Jedinak and Green are progressing well in their battles with injury, this game is going to come too quickly for them to be involved.

Bruce will have decisions to make on whether to include Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamady and Birkir Bjarnason from the start with the three men having been away with their national teams over the last week helping them in their quest to qualify for the World Cup next summer.

A fifth win in a row for Villa, should they be able to achieve it, could move them up to as high as third in the Championship table, which is a wonderful incentive for them to take into the game.

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