Aston Villa are preparing for their biggest match of the season when they meet Fulham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and could be without one of their key men for the tie, according to a report on the club’s official website.

The Villans will be looking to emerge victorious as they attempt to make a return back to the Premier League and Steve Bruce’s side will be heading into the fixture with a degree of confidence.

The Villa Park outfit managed to shut out Middlesbrough in the previous round, and will be hoping they can keep Fulham at bay for 90 minutes.

However, they could be without Ahmed Elmohamady for the trip to the national stadium, as he continues to be in a race against time.

The Egypt international suffered a hamstring injury during the dying moments of the Play-Off first-leg against Boro and has been on the sidelines ever since.

Bruce has admitted that the experienced full-back has recovered quicker than expected, although has revealed he will not make a decision on whether he will be involved until as late as possible.

Should Elmohamaday not be declared fit, then the Villans could be prepared to turn to James Bree, who deputised during the second-leg, or switch Alan Hutton onto the right and use Neil Taylor on the left instead.

Villa will also be without Axel Tuanzebe and Jed Steer as both remain unavailable for the massive fixture, however, Bruce has also stated that he has no other concerns and will be able to choose from an almost fully fit squad.


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