Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed that Jonathan Kodjia could be restricted to a bench role having only recently recovered from an injury. The Ivorian is arguably the Villain’s biggest goal threat, but Bruce is not taking the risk of throwing him straight into the line-up with the club’s automatic promotion hopes more or less over.
He said: “We’re playing catch-up with him. So it’s a case of, can he give us a spark off the bench? It was a lot to ask at the weekend. You can see that he’s short at the moment and why wouldn’t he be? He’s had a re-operation after the original one in the summer (on his ankle) so we’ll go easy with him that’s for sure. Kodjia wants to play, that’s just him, but he’s going to need some time.”