The Villans boss remains to be hopeful of getting his talismanic captain again earlier than the tip of the season, however no return date is being set at current
Jack Grealish has been dominated out for “just a few extra weeks”, however Aston Villa supervisor Dean Smith insists a niggling shin complaint for his talismanic captain is a not a “long-term” problem.
The Villans have been with out their skipper since seeing him break down within the build-up to the Premier League defeat in opposition to Midlands rivals Leicester on February 21.
A return to coaching has been made, however Grealish suffered a setback forward of the assembly with Fulham and finds himself again within the therapy room.
What has been stated?
Villa boss Smith has advised reporters when requested to supply an replace on Grealish: “Jack had a setback clearly final week. Myself and Jack have been in all probability somewhat too optimistic making an attempt to get him again.
“He needed to be again for the Tottenham recreation (March 21) and we tried to push him for the Fulham recreation however he is had a setback which is able to in all probability preserve him out for just a few extra weeks. We have to de-load him.
“The excellent news is is that it is not a long-term damage. He is principally fairly calm and we all know he’ll be again earlier than the tip of the season. It’s what it’s.”
What number of video games will Grealish miss?
The 25-year-old midfielder has already sat out seven games for Villa. They’ve taken solely eight factors from the 21 on supply, however stay within the hunt for European qualification.
Smith can be desirous to get Grealish again as quickly as attainable, whereas worldwide ambitions with England heading in direction of this summer season’s European Championship additionally must be taken under consideration.
Villa is not going to be dashing a prized asset, although, and can anticipate him to be sidelined by way of to the tip of April. That will imply him lacking conferences with Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis and West Brom – with the primary of these fixtures set to happen on Saturday.
The Villans are resulting from face Everton at Goodison Park on Might 1, which could possibly be a attainable return date for Grealish, with a testing run-in set to see them sort out Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Chelsea.