The Aston Villa fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to their club’s latest injury update. The Birmingham club tweeted the news that Birkir Bjarnason would be fit to face Middlesbrough tomorrow as they play their first leg of their play-off semi-final. Villa missed out on an automatic promotion spot after finishing 4th, although they’ll be optimistic of going up through the play-offs.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) 11 May 2018
Bjarnason, who’s picked up the nickname ‘Thor’, for his long blonde hair and Icelandic background, has been a key feature in the Villains season despite playing only half of their games in the Championship. In his 23 appearances, he’s registered three goals and two assists from all across Villa’s midfield. The versatile midfielder can play on either flank and in the middle of the park and has been incredible when he’s played, despite spending a lot of time on the bench and out of the squad with injury.
Now though, the midfielder is back fit and could be thrown a start at The Riverside as Villa travel for the play-offs. If Steve Bruce’s side can secure a win in the Northeast, their job at Villa Park will be made much easier and they can start planning for a Wembley final against either Fulham or Derby, who play the first leg of their play-off semi-final at Pride Park tonight. Bjarnason and co will be watching on as they hope to meet of the two sides at Wembley on the 26th May in football’s most expensive game.
You can read our local Villains’ verdict on Bjarnason’s fitness here:
— Joe Worrall (@JoeWozza) May 11, 2018
— Lee Gibson (@LeeGibson6) May 11, 2018
Good news. Can’t see him starting though. Whelan for me playing in the anchor role. #AVFC
— Darren Purnell (@TheDrDazzlar) May 11, 2018
He needs to start.
— Jeanette Barker (@MagicLittleUn) May 11, 2018
Play him left midfield. Sacrifice Adomah on this occasion to double up on Traore. Then go all guns blazing at Villa Park
— Dan (@danisdan) May 11, 2018
Get him in ahead or hourihane
— mc (@m0nkeyb0yI978) May 11, 2018
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— ahmed nawar (@ahmednawar89) May 11, 2018