When Albert Adomah was forced off  with less then 20 minutes gone into Aston Villa’s Boxing day defeat away to Brentford, it didn’t look like good news for the attacker.

However despite suffering a dead leg in the game, it now appears Adomah is set to feature in today’s game against Middlesbrough.

Speaking to the club’s official site in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat to Brentford, Bruce said:  “There’s no timescales yet, all we know is that he’s got a knock to his hip.  We’re not sure how long it’s going to be.”

Despite the precaution, Adomah should now return against the club he played a pivotal part in helping to gain promotion to the Premier League in 2016.

Adomah’s presence is of genuine importance if Bruce is to cease a slide that has seen no victories in their last 5 matches.  Adomah has scored 11 goals in the Championship in the first half of the season.  But it’s as much his defensive contributions that Bruce will be relying on.

In Cyrus Christie, Middlesbrough have a full-back who likes to slink down the wing and get into attacking positions.  If Adomah does start along the same flank, he will need to help protect Neil Taylor against Christie’s pace and slaloming runs.

Adomah has proven he has a balance to his game that is more than just his surges down the flank and adroit crossing.  Coupled of course with his goal scoring.  If Scott Hogan does start at No 9, with Jack Grealish playing off the Irish international, Adomah will need to provide solidity and accuracy in his crossing.

This is all dependent of course, on Adomah starting.  But as it stands, he should.  Bruce and Villa need him.

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