Aston Villa host Hull City at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, and their boss Dean Smith will be boosted by the return of two important players for the match.

The Villans go into the contest in need of a win, having seen the Tigers overtake them in the table after Nigel Adkins’ men have put a good run of form together in recent times.

Villa begin the afternoon five points off the play-off places, and with the top three or four in the league having scooted clear of them, it is vital that the Birmingham based side launch a positive set of results pretty quickly.

Villans boss Smith has had to contend with a lengthy injury list this season, but two men are off of that now and they could feature.

Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak have both returned to training for Villa, and are in contention to play some role in the match against Hull, as he confirmed when he faced the media ahead of the match.

“Jon came in and trained fully from Monday.” The Villa official website quote him as saying.

“He’s fit, available for selection and looks really good. He had jolted his ankle. He’s had previous history with that so he didn’t train on the Friday. But he’s back now.

“We have had Mile training from Monday, too. He’s on the road to getting back to fitness now after a few months out.”

The former Brentford manager will remain without three of his star players though, with Jack Grealish, Henri Lansbury and Axel Tuanzabe still out with their injuries.

“Jack has the bone stress injury. He’s now come back after several days of warm-weather training. He looks in very good nick.

“He keeps knocking on my door asking if he can play but we have to be guided by the medical staff.

“We will start putting some load through his leg and make sure we can get him back as quickly as possible.

“Henri tweaked his hamstring in training after the Swansea cup game. It was a blow because he did really well in the game. It would have been good to have him in the squad.”

“Axel was at the last game. He came to see us.

“He was in a boot, still. It was only 10 days post-op. He will probably be another couple of weeks post-op now.

“But it was good to see him. Hopefully he will be back soon now too.”

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