According to an article in the Birmingham Mail, Neil Taylor will serve a 3 game ban after failing to overturn the red card that he picked up during the 1-0 win against Bolton on Saturday afternoon.

The Wales international was sent off with just seconds left in the game after he put in a late tackle on Bolton’s Adam Le Fondre.

After the game, Bruce declared that he thought it was a harsh sending off and that he would definitely think about appealing it. He did, but Jeremy Simpson’s decision was upheld.

As a result, Taylor, who is currently away on international duty, will now miss Villa’s difficult away match to Wolves, their tricky home match against Fulham, and a clash against local rivals Birmingham.

This gives Bruce a bit of a dilemma as Taylor is Villa’s only senior left-back. Therefore, he will now have to decide who is going to take Taylor’s place in the next three matches. It’s likely that Ritchie De Laet will fill in during Taylor’s absence, but Bruce could even consider playing Hutton at left-back.