Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has praised his players for their turnaround in form despite the amount of injuries the club has faced.

Villa had fallen to 17th in February after five defeats in a row but their fortunes have changed in recent weeks; five wins from six have lifted them back up to 12th.

Bruce’s options had also been limited with injuries to Gabby Agbonlahor and Scott Hogan reducing their attacking threat.

Players are slowly returning to full fitness and the Villa boss had only good things to say about the players who helped steady the ship.

“The way we won that game at Wigan - the two subs – the lads Henri (Lansbury) and Scott (Hogan) coming back – they were two changes that helped us enormously. 

“It was a huge, huge boost to the team and helped us get the win. The more options the better.

“But fair play to the lads who have stuck at it through this period, too. Well done to them. They got us out of that hole that we were in.”

Bruce is hoping to have Agbonlahor back by the end of the week and 18-year-old Rushian Hepburn-Murphy back in contention next week.

But January signing Birkir Bjarnson will be out for the next month as he recovers from a knee problem.