Aston Villa V Leeds at Villa Park : Match Preview

28 December 2016
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Aston Villa to make checks on Gary Gardner

Aston Villa will check on Gary Gardner ahead of the visit of Leeds.

The midfielder picked up a knock towards the end of the first half of Monday's 2-1 win over Burton and was replaced by Jack Grealish at the break.

Ross McCormack will face his former club fresh from scoring the late winner on Boxing Day - his first goal in over three months.

Fellow forward Jordan Ayew is pushing for a start after climbing off the bench to set up McCormack's strike.

Kyle Bartley will be fit for Leeds despite needing treatment after their 4-1 win over Preston following a clash of heads with Luke Ayling.

Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez returned from hamstring injuries as substitutes at Deepdale - the latter hitting Leeds' fourth goal - and should be involved again.

Eunan O'Kane (groin) and Charlie Taylor (Achilles) are also close to returning but the game may come too soon.

A victory for Leeds would see them climb above Reading into third.

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