Aston Villa will be without six players ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Brentford – Orjan Nyland (achilles), James Chester (knee), Axel Tuanzebe (foot), Tom Carroll (muscle), Henri Lansbury (hamstring), Jack Grealish (shin).
Dean Smith has the same group of players available that featured against Sheffield United on Friday. Keinan Davis will also be available to him, having previously been left out of the matchday squad, but there is still competition for places.
Nyland has been out of action since December and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Chester has been struggling with a knee problem that has kept him sidelined for two Championship outings. He’s having tailored training sessions to aid his recovery.
Tuanzebe has been absent for two months and isn’t expected to return until March. Lansbury has been working hard in the gym to improve his conditioning after a hamstring injury. Tom Carroll has been ruled out due to a slight strain and may not be back for another week.
Grealish remains sidelined with a shin injury, but he could return in time to face Stoke City on February 23. Villa could go within two points off the Championship playoffs with a win over Brentford.