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Aston Villa receive injury boost ahead of Stoke City clash

By Crippy Cooke first published by vital football.co.uk, Aston Villa have received an injury boost ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Stoke City, with Birkir Bjarnason on the recovery trail after undergoing surgery on a groin injury. The 30-year-old has been out of action for five weeks but published a picture on Instagram that will delight supporters. Prior to his injury, Bjarnason had made nine Championship appearances this season. He’s only played twice under Smith and may be too short to feature against Stoke over the weekend, but his impending return is good news. The Icelandic international will bring physicality back into the side and strengthens Smith’s options in the engine room. Bjarnason won’t be guaranteed a starting place with competition in the middle of the park from John McGinn, Conor Hourihane, Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, but he’s been a decent servant since his 2017-signing from FC Basel. Villa won’t have the Viking to face Stoke, but Smith will fancy his chances of picking up all three points. The Claret and Blues are unbeaten in six games, boasting four wins and two draws, and have lost just once at home this season. Stoke, while unbeaten in their previous seven away …read more

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Stoke City boss ready to cast his eye over under-18s in FA Youth Cup

By original author as reported by the sentinel.co.uk, Gary Rowett and coaches to offer support against Sheffield Wednesday View the original post here… The post Stoke City boss ready to cast his eye over under-18s in FA Youth Cup appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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Aston Villa receive warning from Stoke City as they consider double transfer swoop

By Joseph Chapman as reported by the birmingham mail, Secret weapon Ryan Woods is hoping that he can provide Stoke City and Gary Rowett with the key inside knowledge on Dean Smith as the Potters prepare for Aston Villa this weekend. The Stoke midfielder signed for Rowett this summer from Brentford, on an initial loan deal that will be made permanent when the transfer window opens next month. Woods, of course, spent three years under Smith at Brentford and, under his watchful eye Woods flourished into one of the best central midfielders in the Championship. Read More Read More What’s happening at Aston Villa? Bid prepared Interest in Villa midfielder Transfer priorities Injury update New arrival Aston Villa have reportedly appointed former Spanish international Juanfran as a new club scout. Juanfran, 42, only retired from playing in 2016 having spent six years playing regularly for La Liga outfit Levante, but he was perhaps best remembered otherwise for his spell at Celta Vigo. During his time in Vigo, the left-back was called up to Spain’s national squad for the South Korea and Japan World Cup in 2002. In an interview with Marca, the Spanish sports newspaper, …read more

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What former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has said about his Aston Villa allegiances

By Mat Kendrick as reported by the birmingham mail, Gary Rowett’s Stoke City are the visitors to Villa Park this weekend. Stoke are two points and as many places behind Villa after beating basement boys Ispwich Town 2-0 last Saturday. Rowett’s men endured a stuttering start to the campaign but are now unbeaten in eight games – since losing at home to Birmingham City in October. But is Rowett a Villa fan? Well it’s a question that resurfaced when the former Birmingham City player returned to manage Blues in October 2014. Mischievous Villa supporters managed to dig out an article proving that Rowett was a Villa fan. Upon taking over at St Andrew’s, Rowett was at pains to point out that he did not have a strong affinity for their rivals. But cheeky claret and blue followers on social media delved through the archives to find an interview Rowett gave two decades ago. The article was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook with some Villa fans jokingly dubbing him ‘Agent Rowett’ during his time with their fierce rivals. The piece, which appears to have been in a Villa programme, dated back to Rowett joining Everton just after Villa’s Coca Cola Cup victory over Tranmere. “I’ve always been a Villa man,” he said. “I …read more

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Kodija to start in place of Grealish? – Predicted 4-3-3 Aston Villa XI to face Stoke City in the Championship

By audrick kramer From mediareferee.com Predicted Aston Villa XI to face Stoke City in the Championship Aston Villa played out a 2-2 draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns in the Championship last week but the Lions will be the favourites when they play host to Stoke City on Saturday. Dean Smith’s men are currently unbeaten in their last six […] The post Kodija to start in place of Grealish? – Predicted 4-3-3 Aston Villa XI to face Stoke City in the Championship appeared first on Media Referee. The post Kodija to start in place of Grealish? – Predicted 4-3-3 Aston Villa XI to face Stoke City in the Championship appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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