Terry made 36 appearances for the Villans last season and captained them in their play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley in May.
After a promising three-game winning start to the new campaign, Villa have slipped to 12th in the Championship and already trail leaders Leeds and Middlesbrough by five points after six games.
The heat increased on 57- year-old Brucie when his side crashed to a 4-1 thumping at Sheffield United on Saturday.
In their previous match Bruce slammed his players after they were bundled out of the Carabao Cup by Burton Athletic.
Alarmingly, Villa have kept just one clean sheet this season – against League Two strugglers Yeovil Town.
The Villa boss reacted by letting former skipper Tommy Elphick join Hull City on loan, however he was unable to get any deadline day incoming deals over the line.
Bruce had a £7million bid for Aberdeen’s promising young Scotland defender Scott McKenna turned down at the 11th hour and also failed to land Frenchman Harold Moukoudi from Le Havre on loan.
Now with his defensive options crumbling and captain James Chester his only reliable centre-back, he is poised to launch a sensational bid to bring Terry back to Villa Park where fans took him to their hearts for his never-say-die attitude last season.
John Terry turns up for Marseille pre-season training after leaving Aston Villa
Terry was close to tears when he bid them an emotional farewell at Wembley in May.
Since then the defender has been on holiday in Portugal mulling over which direction his career should take next.
His massive profile has led to offers from China, the MLS, the Middle East, while Brendan Rodgers was rumoured to be keen to take him to Celtic.
Terry has also been courted by the media, and speculation linked with a career-changing move to Sky Sports who were supposedly lining him up as a possible successor to Thierry Henry.
However the lure of playing has always been a powerful draw for Terry who still has ambitions to become a boss in his own right.
Villa could offer the super-fit 37-year-old another opportunity to end his playing career on a high by leading them back to the Premier League before taking that route.
Jose Mourinho believes Alexis Sanchez will recover his form and fitness for Manchester United, but insists he had no input into the Chile forward's decision to skip his country's upcoming friendly internationals.
Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda claimed this week the United forward pulled out of games in Asia against Japan and South Korea on the explicit advice of the Old Trafford medical staff.
Sanchez suffered an unspecified training injury that ruled him out of United's disappointing defeat at Brighton two weeks ago.
He was only fit enough for a cameo appearance off the bench in an even more demoralising 3-0 home loss to Tottenham on Monday as United plunged into an early season crisis.
Sanchez's decision not to go away with Chile has met with Mourinho's approval, although the United manager denied Rueda's claims the club pressured him to do so.
"I didn't ask and I never ask players not to go," said Mourinho.
"I never contact national teams for players not to go. It's a personal thing between him and the national manager.
"At the same time, coming from injury he feels that for him it is a much needed two weeks off.
"He is still in condition to play against Burnley but he feels that after that he needs two weeks to put himself in good shape.
"And because they are friendly matches in Asia, they made a decision for his good and by consequence for our good, for him not to go."
Sanchez's signature was a coup for United in January, as they beat off strong competition from neighbours Manchester City by offering the player reportedly the most lucrative wage in Premier League history.
However, Sanchez has so far struggled to match the hype or the heights he did with former club Arsenal.
The 29-year-old has scored just three times in 20 appearances for Mourinho, but his manager still has faith he will return to show supporters his true ability.
"I hope so. I hope we can see it," said Mourinho. "He had a good pre-season, he had a good start to the season.
"Then he had a small injury that kept him out and then he came just one day before Tottenham, and he comes into the game with the result 2-0. Let's see from now.
"He is committed, he is focused. He works hard. I believe he will improve."
Mourinho predicted United would suffer a "difficult" season when he wasn't backed as much as he would have liked in the transfer market, but believes there has been an over-reaction to two straight defeats.
"I said that in the summer before the competition started," he added.
"It's not especially [difficult] now. Two defeats are two defeats. We still have 35 matches to play."
A bad week for United was compounded by a tough Champions League draw alongside Juventus, Valencia and Young Boys.
However, Juve's visit to Manchester on October 23 will ensure an emotional return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho was Real Madrid boss when Ronaldo scored against his former club for the Spanish giants in 2012 and is confident he will relish another hero's reception.
"I think he will like it," said Mourinho. "He was happy to come back when he was at Real Madrid.
"He comes back to do a job for them, like he did for Real Madrid. But I think he is very happy to come."
Roma sporting director Monchi said "nothing was signed" but that they are considering whether they have "a legal case" over the transfer.
He told the Roma website: "Early this morning I spoke with Malcom's agent, Fernando Garcia, who had a meeting with Bordeaux planned at 12pm to confirm everything was in place for the player to travel to Rome in the evening.
"After that I was surprised to be told that the agents and Bordeaux wanted another improved offer, as Barcelona were still pushing for a deal. I told them enough, because we did not want to enter an auction.
"It is true that nothing was signed, but there are many messages with the agents and their president that are at least worth being assessed."
Malcom is expected to have his medical with Spanish champions Barca on Wednesday.
Yet to be capped at senior level by Brazil, he scored 20 goals and set up 13 in 84 Ligue 1 games for Bordeaux following his 2016 move from Corinthians.
The deal is worth an initial 41m euros with another 1m euros (£900,000) in variables.
Malcom is Barca's second Brazilian summer signing, after midfielder Arthur, 21, joined from Gremio for £35.5m.
Croatia have qualified for the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after beating England to set up a final encounter with France.
The feat means that Croatia have reached their first World Cup final and for England, it’s all over in the semi-final once again.
England have been dreaming of a World Cup since they won their first World Cup since 1966. This came to an end in the last four as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute, slotting in from Ivan Perisic’s flick-on into the area.
Perisic’s volley sent the match into extra time after Kieran Trippier had given England a fifth-minute lead with a sublime free-kick.
Unfancied before the competition, Gareth Southgate’s young side defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals, but were undone by an experienced Croatia side.
According to BBC, England, playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, got the perfect start through Trippier’s brilliant free-kick and Croatia were finding it extremely difficult to deal with England’s high-tempo game.
Harry Kane could have doubled the lead but was denied by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and Jesse Lingard placed a shot wide from a good position.
Croatia grew into the game in the second half and equalised through Perisic, and the Inter Milan winger hit the post with a low drive shortly after.
In extra time John Stones saw a header cleared off the line, while Pickford made a brilliant save from Mandzukic’s close range effort – but the Everton man could do nothing about the winner.
England will now play Belgium in Saturday’s third/fourth place play-off in St Petersburg.
France are through to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after securing a 2-0 victory over Uruguay.
Raphael Varane headed France into a first-half lead, and a terrible mistake from goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, saw him fail to save a shot from Antoine Griezmann, booking Les Blues to their first semi-finals since 2006.
The world was treated to a dull footballing from the twenty-two players on the pitch, but the French have Hugo Lloris to thank for producing a world-class save Martin Caceres, shortly after Varane’s goal in the first half. Diego Godin blasted the rebound he got from that save.
The second half started with France continuing to control possession, but they were gifted the goal that made certain of their victory.
There seemed little danger when Griezmann let fly from the edge of the area but Muslera misjudged the flight of the ball, flapped at the shot, and saw it loop slowly over the line.
It was Griezmann’s third goal of the 2018 World Cup, his first from open play.
The drama in Nizhny Novgorod continued when when Kylian Mbappe fell to the floor. Uruguay skipper Diego Godin gestured with the teenager to get up, pulling him from the turf. This caused a little fight involing most of the players and saw French coach Didier Deschamps come onto the pitch to try to calm tempers.
A likely repeat of the 1998 FIFA World Cup final will happen again in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday 10th July, if Brazil beat Belgium in the next quarter-final match, as France await the winner between the Samba Boys and star-studded Belgium.
Belgium have beaten Brazil 2-1 in Kazan to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup home, sending the five-time World champions home.
The Samba Boys had conceded just one goal in their past four games in Russia but were behind early when Nacer Chadli’s corner struck Fernandinho’s arm and flew into the net, the 10th own goal of this World Cup.
Fernandinho’s Manchester City team-mate Kevin de Bruyne doubled Belgium’s lead with a sublime arrowed finish from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku’s powerful run.
Brazil could find no answer until a 76th-minute headed reply from Renato Augusto, with star man Neymar virtually anonymous other than three poor attempts to win a penalty, although Referee Milorad Mazic perhaps should have pointed to the spot when Vincent Kompany dived in on Gabriel Jesus.
Neymar did finally come to life in injury time, forcing a brilliant save from Thibaut Courtois with a curling shot from outside the area, but it was not enough to sustain his team’s challenge.
Belgium will battle France, who had earlier on sent Uruguay home with a 2-0 victory, in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday 10th July, for a place in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Host Russia have sent Spain crashing out of the 2018 World Cup after winning a penalty shoot-out on Sunday.
Against all expectations, Russia held Spain to a 1-1 draw on 120 minutes before penalty kicks decided the fate of Spain, as the European giant lost 4-3 to send Russia to the quarter-final of the World Cup.
Igor Akinfeev saved two spot-kicks as hosts Russia emerged hero in the encounter.
Koke and Aspas missed Spain penalties to send the host crowd into raptures. Ignashevich directed Asensio free-kick into his own net.
It was a devilishly brilliant delivery from the free-kick by Marco Asensio, arcing inwards towards the back post.
Sergio Ramos was there, but wrestled to the ground by Sergei Ignashevich. As the Russian actioned the rugby tackle, the ball hit his ankle and went in.
Pique’s handball on 41 minutes allowed Artem Dzyuba to equalise with penalty. Dzyuba slotted it into the bottom right corner and Russia are level.
Russia will now face the winner of Croatia and Denmark match in the quarter-final.
France have beaten Argentina 4-3 to send the South American side out of the World Cup, with Lionel Messi set to be in the shadow of Diego Maradona without a World Cup in his kitty.
Messi has never won a World Cup and a Copa America trophy and football pundits said he needs to win the World Cup to be greater than Maradona and rank among the great.
France opened scoring on 13 minutes through a penalty converted by Antoine Griezmann. Argentina goalkeeper, Franco Armani dived to his left,as Griezmann rolled it fairly centrally.
A super strike from Angel di Maria on 41 minutes equalised for Argentina.
Ever Banega passed the ball to Angel di Maria,who played in France for Paris St-Germain, he got the ball onto his left foot and from 30 yards sent a rocket of an effort past Hugo Lloris.
Messi down and out
Argentina took the lead on 48 minutes to make it 2-1 for the South American side as Gabriel Mercado scored.
The free-kick was deflected by Paul Pogba out to Lionel Messi. The Argentine star, near the corner of the box, turned and shoots – Hugo Lloris has it covered – but Mercado diverted his team-mate’s shot past the goalkeeper and into the net.
France equalised on 57 minutes through Benjamin Pavard. A Lucas Hernandez cross came in, an Argentine defender failed to clear and the ball bounced to France right-back Benjamin Pavard just outside the box. He lets it bounced and then sent a wonderful spinning effort past Franco Armani into the back of the net.
Kylian Mbappe’s super strike.
The ball broke for the game’s outstanding player in the box and he took a couple of touches to lose the defenders and then hits the ball through goalkeeper Franco Armani, who should do better.
Olivier Giroud poked a ball through to the teenager, who just so calmly slots the ball past the Argentine keeper from the edge of the box.
Belgium have claimed top spot in World Cup Group G with a 1-0 win against England in Kaliningrad this evening, courtesy of a Adnan Januzaj strike early in the second half.
The former Manchester United and Sunderland man produced the game’s only real moment of quality, working the ball onto his left and sending it past Jordan Pickford for the decisive moment.
England would have finished at the summit had they held on for a draw, but they now face a last-16 tie against Japan, where as Belgium face Japan.
However, the Red Devils are on course to face Brazil in the quarter-finals, while the Three Lions will have a more favourable last-eight tie against Switzerland or Sweden if they make it that far.
Rashford squandered a glorious chance to level with an hour played, being denied by the fingertips of Thibaut Courtois – one of only two survivors for Belgium from their last outing – when played clean through on goal.
Not until the final quarter of the match did the two managers start turning to their bench, with Vincent Kompany given a first run-out in a month after sustaining an injury in the build-up to the competition.
Rashford dipped a free kick over the crossbar and Fellaini’s block flew past the upright as England chased an equaliser, but it was Belgium who came closest to a second as Pickford parried a long-range drive from substitute Dries Mertens.
Yerry Mina's second-half header sent Colombia into a last-16 tie with England at the World Cup at the expense of Senegal, who lost out to Japan having received more yellow cards.
Senegal spent the final 20 minutes pushing for an equaliser which would have sent the African side through - Aliou Cisse's side were level with Japan in terms of points and goal difference, but crucially not yellow cards.
Colombia had to win to be sure of their progress but with Poland beating Japan 1-0 in Volgograd, African representation at the World Cup was ended as Senegal failed to secure the point they needed.
The South Americans will face Group G runners-up England in Moscow on Tuesday, while Japan take on Belgium in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.
Senegal thought they had been awarded a 16th-minute penalty after a tackle by Davinson Sanchez on Liverpool's Sadio Mane, but the decision was correctly overturned by Champions League final referee Milorad Mazic, with VAR showing the Tottenham defender clearly touched the ball with what was a risky challenge.
Former England midfielder Danny Murphy, speaking on BBC One, called the tackle "the best of the tournament".
Colombia's chances were dealt a blow just after the half-hour mark as James Rodriguez was forced off due to injury - having missed the first game with a calf problem - four years to the day since his stunning volley against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.
But with Barcelona defender Mina's second consecutive goal from Juan Quintero's corner sending Colombia through as group winners, Senegal missed out having received two yellow cards more than Japan.
'World Cup has been tainted'
Senegal were the better side in the first half against a lacklustre Colombia despite having just 43% possession, but Cisse's side failed to find a breakthrough from their two shots on target.
They were forced onto the back foot more after the break as Colombia improved - and should have done better when defending the corner from which Mina scored from.
Senegal improved after conceding, perhaps also knowing Poland had taken the lead against Japan and sensing the onus was back on them to score.
But despite plenty of flair and effort, Senegal were unable to find a way past Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, and a pair of yellow cards in the 90th and 91st minute of their 2-2 draw with Japan for Cheikh N'Doye and Youssouf Sabaly retrospectively proved crucial.
Niang was also booked against Colombia, taking their total to six yellow cards in three games compared to Japan's four, as Senegal became the first team to be eliminated via the fair play rule which was only introduced for this tournament.
The Poland-Japan match finished in farcical fashion, with both sides happy to play the ball around at the back for much of the final quarter.
That prompted former England captain Terry Butcher to say on BBC Radio 5 live it "does leave a bitter taste" and that a "magnificent World Cup has been tainted".
BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson, speaking on BBC Two, called the situation a "farce", while also questioning if "there has to be a better way of settling a table in the World Cup".
It means no African team has progressed from the initial group stage of the competition for the first time since 1982.
Game of two halves for Colombia
Colombia failed to register a touch in the Senegal penalty area in the entire first half, with Jose Pekerman's side only correcting that statistic in the 57th minute through substitute Luis Muriel, who had replaced the injured Rodriguez just after the half-hour mark.
Rodriguez had largely been ineffective in his 31 minutes on the pitch for Colombia, although that was the case for all of his team-mates in the opening 45 minutes despite knowing only a win would guarantee their progress.
Colombia, who began the final day in third place in the table after losing to Japan and beating Poland with a significantly-improved performance, could also qualify with a draw if Japan lost due to their better goal difference.
Pekerman's side did only have four touches inside the Senegal penalty area in the second 45 minutes, although one was the key intervention of Mina.
Colombia had 60% of the possession during the match, but worryingly for Pekerman, Mina's header was one of only two shots on target over the 90 minutes, with striker Radamel Falcao largely ineffective.