Aston Villa have been linked with Hull City forward Abel Hernandez.
The 26-year old Uruguay international is supposed to lead the front row attack when current strikers who are Africans return to play the African Cup of Nations in the New Year. The player was speculated massively during the summer but the deal did not happen. Villa would likely go the extra mile when the next transfer window opens.
Bruce would be hoping that the core of the team that played during the last international window this year return without injuries. A large chunk of the team travelled for various World Cup qualifying campaigns and/or international friendlies but Bruce would be hoping they all come back unscathed as they continue the season.
Already when Aston Villa visit Amex on Friday, they would be without Mile Jedinak. The midfielder would be on international duty for Australia and Bruce feels he would not have enough time to recover before the trip; hence, there are plans for his replacement.
Jedinak’s likely replacement is any of Ashley Westwood, Leandro Bacuna, Tommy Elphick or Aaron Tshibola. Westwood remains the most likely as a tested player. Where there has been openings say due to injuries, Westwood has always helped.
Bacuna has the edge due to his energy and drive. Injury made his miss the last two games. If he passes a final fitness test ahead of the clash, Bruce might give him the nod. Tshibola and Elphick are options however unlikely.