Aston Villa will be hoping Jack Grealish is fit and ready to return to action for Saturday’s game against Liverpool at Anfield.
Dean Smith ‘s Villa will be hoping to give their charge for qualification for next season’s Europa League another boost with a win on Merseyside.
Grealish was due to return from a shin injury that has kept him out for the past seven matches for the Fulham match on Sunday, which Smith’s side won 3-1 at Villa Park.
The Villa captain has been out since February 13, a goalless draw at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Villa have won once since that game, the Fulham victory, with Grealish’s absence felt by Smith’s men.
He was due to return on Sunday but Smith revealed that Grealish had felt discomfort during a training session the day before.
It was hoped the timing of the international break would give Grealish a chance to get back to match fitness.
However that was not the case and now Villa fans wait with baited breath to see whether Grealish can make it back for the Liverpool match.
Here’s the latest on the Villa talisman…
The latest reports
The Mirror published a piece on Wednesday reporting that Grealish is being assessed on a daily basis.
He is also said to have been told that his shin requires more rest.
Grealish posts update
The Villa skipper took to photo-sharing platform Instagram on Wednesday night to upload a snap of him working with strength and conditioning coach Oli Stevenson in the Bodymoor Heath training ground.
Grealish appeared to be on the spinning machines at Bodymoor and attached his picture with the caption ‘we working’.
What Smith has said
Smith confirmed Grealish’s injury flared up again at Bodymoor Heath but wouldn’t speculate on when he will be fit to return when asked about the 25 year-old before Sunday’s win.
Before the game, Smith told Sky Sports: “He’s trained this week and was looking good, but had some discomfort yesterday (Saturday), so pulled out after 10 minutes in training, so we have to err on the side of caution as we must do with these injuries.”
Asked about a potential return date, Smith added: “I don’t know, I’m not going to stick a timeline on it because you’ll always get egg on your face with a timeline, so we’ll see how he goes.”