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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has stated that the club could be without four first-team players for Saturday’s Championship clash against Cardiff City.

The Midlands outfit have lofty ambitions of winning promotion back to the Premier League in 2017-18 and have added real experience to their ranks over the summer months.

Bruce has stated that Jack Grealish, Mile Jedinak and Jonathan Kodjia remain sidelined for the trip to Cardiff but that the trio are making progress.

“Jack is thankfully out of hospital. He is now recovering. He’s obviously had a nasty injury,” the Villa boss told the club’s official website.

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“We’re hoping Mile is in the next 10 days or so.

“Kodj is a bit different. We were hoping for just after the international break. He’s a bit sore at the moment so we have to be a bit patient with him.”

Meanwhile, Bruce has also stated that Andre Green is touch and go in regards to featuring against the Bluebirds, with the youngster nursing an injury.

“Andre has a bit of a groin issue, we will see how that is this morning,” the manager continued.

“There’s a few bruised but I think everyone is fine.”

Villa started their Championship season with a 1-1 draw against Hull City last weekend, which was mildly disappointing given the anticipation among the Holte End over the summer.

Bruce has refined his squad over the last couple of months and the major issue that the Villans boss now has is settling on hist first-choice XI.

The Villa boss has a host of options in midfield specifically and it feels that a winning combination of players, or a formation to get the best out of them, has been lacking.

The Midlanders face a Cardiff side that started their Championship campaign with a 1-0 win away to Burton Albion last weekend and as such Bruce’s men will need to be close to their best if they are to get the first victory of the new season that the travelling faithful crave.

Given the amount of money that Villa have spent over the last couple of transfer windows, the supporters are right to demand that the side be challenging for the promotion places, with the club’s history and standing in the game deserving of a place in the Premier League.