Aston Villa head coach Steve Bruce has told the Birmingham Mail that Henri Lansbury tried to play through the pain barrier in the game against Sheffield Wednesday.

In the build up to the match against Wednesday, Lansbury became a doubt after he started to complain about soreness in his heel just one day before the game was set to take place. Despite this, Bruce revealed that he was eager to play and it meant that he was able to name an unchanged eleven for the game against the Owls.

However things would not go well for Lansbury as despite being named in the first eleven, he suffered an Achilles problem in the warm up and ended up not being able to play. Despite this, Aston Villa were able to win the game thanks to a brace from Jonathan Kodjia, but Bruce was happy to praise Lansbury’s willingness to play in the match despite being hurt.

He said: “Lansbury, unfortunately has hurt his Achilles in the warm up,”

“He was uncomfortable a little bit with it on Friday but thought he was going to be okay so we’ll see how it is.”

“We lost him in the warm up and that was a blow to us because it disrupted us totally. He’s playing well at the moment but we’ve managed to overcome it.”

Now Lansbury will be hoping to return to full fitness after this knock so he can be ready for next Saturday’s match against Wigan Athletic, a team which is in disarray after sacking their second manager of the season.


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