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Aston Villa have striker Ross McCormack available to face Wigan after an ankle injury.
But Steve Bruce will be without defender Nathan Baker (groin) and goalkeeper Mark Bunn (knee) as Villa aim to recover from last week's 2-0 defeat to Leeds.
Defender Ritchie De Laet is out for the season after suffering a serious knee injury shortly after his summer arrival from Leicester.
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Kemar Roofe netted his first goal for Leeds as Garry Monk’s side moved up to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Elland Road.
The 23-year-old, who hit the post during the midweek EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool, went one better here to end his 22-game goal drought since joining the Whites from Oxford for £3million in the summer.
Roofe brought a scrappy game to life by heading home in the 68th minute before Chris Wood netted his 13th goal of the season at the death to give Leeds a win, their fifth in seven home matches, that underlines their promotion credentials this season.
The defeat for Villa was their first in eight games since former Hull boss Steve Bruce replaced the sacked Roberto Di Matteo in October.
After a slow first 20 minutes, chances start to arrive as Villa top-scorer Jonathan Kodjia fired over from the edge of the box following a poor Kyle Bartley headed clearance.
Referee Peter Bankes was unmoved when Albert Adomah went down under the sliding challenge of goalkeeper Rob Green, who was slow off his line, before Roofe shot into the side netting as Leeds broke.
Pontus Jansson, returning to the side following illness, missed a glorious opportunity in the 29th minute, heading over unmarked in the area.
The central defender was then forced into action at the other end, preventing Gary Gardner from shooting at goal after another mistake, this time when Souleymane Doukara was robbed in midfield.
Adomah should have broke the deadlock seven minutes after half-time but, after walking through the Leeds defence, the former Middlesbrough winger side-footed wide with just Green to beat.
Green was then forced to parry an Ashley Westwood half-volley as the hosts continued to concede possession.
Villa were made to pay for missed chances when Roofe headed in Doukara’s quality inswinging cross at the near post with 23 minutes remaining to take the roof off a packed Elland Road.
Roofe then had a shot blocked on the edge of the area as Leeds pushed for a second.
Villa, without former Leeds striker Ross McCormack due to injury, lacked the quality in the final third to steal an equaliser.
Pierluigi Gollini denied Wood with a fine save following an excellent cross from Charlie Taylor, who was a constant threat down the left, but the striker turned the ball in from close range minutes later after Hadi Sacko broke at pace and saw his shot saved by the goalkeeper.
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Kemar Roofe netted his first goal for Leeds as Garry Monk's side moved up to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Elland Road.The 23-year-old, who hit the post during the midweek EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool, went one better here to end his 22-game goal drought since joining the Whites from Oxford for £3million in the summer.Roofe brought a scrappy game to life by heading home in the 68th minute before Chris Wood netted his 13th goal of the season at the death...
Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 3 Dec 20:14
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson returns to contention for the home game against Aston Villa following illness.
The Sweden international missed the midweek EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool and was suspended for last week’s win at Rotherham.
Fellow defender Liam Cooper is hoping to overcome an ankle knock which forced him off at half-time at Anfield and midfielder Eunan O’Kane (groin) is expected to be fit after being withdrawn from the cup tie as a precaution.
Midfielders Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) and Liam Bridcutt (foot) both remain sidelined as Leeds chase their fifth win in six league games.
Villa have doubts over Nathan Baker and Ross McCormack ahead of the trip.
Defender Baker is suffering from a groin problem while McCormack is struggling to recover from an ankle injury.
Ritchie De Laet is out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in September following his summer move from Leicester.
Micah Richards continues to battle a calf injury while Tommy Elphick and Mile Jedinak will hope to avoid a fifth yellow card of the season and automatic one-match bans.
Leeds against Aston Villa used to be a mouthwatering Premier League tussle, now 12 years on the two clubs are set to contest Championship points.
The sides last met in 2004, the year Leeds were relegated from the top flight. The Whites have suffered a long and arduous time in attempting to get back, even slipping down to League One, but there are signs under Garry Monk that maybe that exile could be about to end.
Villa joined them in the second tier following their relegation last term and will be hoping their return is much more immediate.
Steve Bruce has been charged with getting Villa back up at the first time of asking and the unbeaten run since his arrival in October has rejuvenated the club and propelled them up the table. And he is keen to keep the momentum going and send out a warning to the rest of the Championship.
“Any time you go away from home and you can get some sort of result it sends out a message,” said Bruce at his pre-match press conference.
“Our home form is rock solid. If we can go and produce a performance there – and we’re quietly confident that we’re capable of doing that – then yes. We’ve played well of late.
“Let’s hope we can keep it going. A club of this stature has got to be looking to make a challenge.”
Four wins in the last five league matches has seen Leeds climb into the play-off places but Monk is not getting carried away.
He told the club’s official website: “It’s obviously great to be in and around there up in the league, it shows what we are doing is right. But our focus isn’t really that. We have been consistent with our quality and performances and we need to be at our maximum again on Saturday evening, that’s the focus.”
Second-placed Brighton travel to second-from-bottom Cardiff looking to extend their 10-game unbeaten league run.
Reading will be looking to capitalise on any slip-up with a fifth straight win at Fulham while Birmingham, unbeaten in four matches, travel to face a Barnsley side who have not won at Oakwell since August.
Early-season pace-setters Huddersfield are hanging on to the last play-off spot after no win in four games, losing three, and they are away at a Blackburn team buoyed by back-to-back victories.
Just outside the top six, Sheffield Wednesday will look for successive wins for the first time since September at home to Preston and Norwich, on a five-match losing streak, are attempting to win for the first time in seven Championship outings at home to Brentford.
Four straight victories have seen Derby climb up to ninth place and they travel to struggling Wigan while a big game towards the bottom of the table sees basement club Rotherham, without a manager after Kenny Jackett left this week, travel to Burton.
Bristol City will try to halt a three-game losing run against Ipswich in their mid-table clash at Ashton Gate.
Sam Johnstone is behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero at Manchester United.
Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is a loan target for Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
Johnstone is third-choice goalkeeper at United, with David De Gea and Sergio Romero ahead of him, but manager Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the player.
Mourinho gave him a new deal until 2018 last month but feels he would be best served by going out on loan to gain first-team experience.
Former England youth international Johnstone came through the ranks...
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Aston Villa continued their recent revival under Steve Bruce with an impressive 3-1 Sky Bet Championship win over Cardiff at Villa Park.Jonathan Kodjia headed home for his seventh goal of the season to restore Villa's lead six minutes before half-time after Rickie Lambert had cancelled out Albert Adomah's opener.Cardiff were reduced to 10 men in the 84th minute when Lee Peltier was sent off, and the hosts made sure of the points in the final minute when substitute Rudy Gestede converted a penalty...
Colin Calderwood had been working as Chris Hughton's assistant at Brighton.
Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Colin Calderwood as the club's new assistant manager.
Former Villa defender Calderwood, 51, recently quit his role as assistant Chris Hughton at Brighton and has teamed up with Steve Bruce after the two clubs agreed a compensation package.
"I'm delighted to bring Colin to the football club," Bruce told Villa's official website. "We've got an experienced guy and a good football man. It was important for me to get someone of his nous.
"When I heard Colin...