• Date: Sat 15 April 2017
  • Kick-off: 14:00
  • Venue: Villa Park
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

J. Chester 14"

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Reading

Reading

J. Mendes 6"

J. Mendes 46"

L. Grabban (PG) 79"

Aston Villa vs Reading


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Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia set to be fit to face Reading

Aston Villa could have leading scorer Jonathan Kodjia back for the home game with Reading after he returned to training.

Kodjia lasted only 36 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Burton before limping off and was replaced by Scott Hogan but has since returned to training with the Villa first-team squad.

Hogan, who has been out with an ankle injury, could start against Reading if Kodjia is not fit enough with the former Bristol City man taking his place on the bench.

Gabby Agbonlahor is still out with a hamstring injury and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy continues his rehabilitation following an ankle problem.

Jordan Obita and Danzell Gravenberch will be pushing to start for the Royals as they look to bounce back from a 7-1 thrashing at Norwich last time out.

That defeat ended a three-match winning streak for Jaap Stam's promotion hopefuls and it remains to be seen if the Dutchman makes changes as a result.

Obita and Gravenberch recovered from respective leg and ankle injuries to come off the bench at Carrow Road and could be in contention to be drafted in to Stam's starting XI.

Paul McShane (calf), Joey van den Berg (hamstring) and Deniss Rakels (ankle) are all expected to be missing but Tiago Ilori (knee) could feature.
Team Lineups

Aston Villa

34 S. Johnstone
21 A. Hutton
12 J. Chester 14"
2 N. Baker
23 J. Amavi
25 M. Jedinak
37 A. Adomah
14 C. Hourihane
5 H. Lansbury
7 L. Bacuna
26 J. Kodjia
Substitutes
S. Hogan > J. Amavi 62"
J. Grealish > N. Baker 76"
M. Richards
T. Elphick
J. Bree
G. Gardner
M. Šarkic

Reading

26 Ali Al Habsi
2 C. Gunter
16 L. Moore
24 T. Blackett
23 D. Williams
11 J. Obita
25 Adrian Popa I
8 J. Swift
38 L. Kelly
50 L. Grabban79"
9 J. Mendes6"46"
Substitutes
G. McCleary > Adrian Popa I 65"
Y. Kermorgant > J. Mendes 69"
G. Evans > L. Kelly 87"
Y. Meïté
Tiago Ilori
A. Jaakkola
J. Mutch

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