Jack Grealish is close to returning to first team action for Aston Villa. John Percy reported in the Telegraph this evening that Grealish is hoping to return for the away match against Stoke City on February 23rd.
Our talisman has been missing since the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion in December. His absence has proved to be a massive blow for Dean Smith. Villa has won just 2 games from a possible 9 while he has been out.
Dean Smith originally stated that he hoped Grealish would return for this Friday’s game against Sheffield United.
However, following his comments after the 0-0 draw against Reading would suggest he is not quite ready.
“He’s running now and he’s been on the Ultra G treadmill. He’s nearly (running with) 100 per cent body weight. He’s shown no signs of anything, so hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible.”
Although it is a blow that he will be missing for a few weeks, we must see it as a positive that there is a return on the cards. The last thing we want is to rush him back and then Grealish picks up another injury.
Villa have another 16 games left to play this season and desperately need a turn around in form. Creativity has become an issue since Grealish’s injury. Hopefully, the signing of Tom Carroll will be able to help with this.
We sit just four points outside of the playoffs with all the sides above us still to play. That starts this weekend when we take on Sheffield United on Friday night.
United have 11 more points than Villa and sit 4th in the Championship. A lot has been made of our form this season. We have heard it been said that we need to improve our form and performances. This is one of those games. It’s simply a must-win game.
Grealish will no doubt leave Villa this summer should we fail to get promotion so we much learn to win without him.