Grealish close to return

Grealish will be hoping to make an impact against Brentford

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.

The Manager

Smith spoke about GrealishDean 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.


  1. Smith needs to find a way to play without Jack. I would go 4-3-3 now we have Mings. Adomah can play RWB and Taylor will be better further forward. Hourihane sitting with McGinn alongside. Jimmy and Carroll playing as inside forwards off Tammy. I’d shake it up BUT I don’t think Smith will. However, to keep trying the same thing when it clearly does not work – A 4-3-3 with CH in a box to box role – is madness!!

  2. Hi Stuart,
    Like yourself I have been a long time supporter of the club. I can still remember the day that I decided to support the Villa, it was 4 May 1957 the day that we beat Man Utd in the FA Cup Final. At the time I lived in London not far from Wembley Stadium and I still remember the fans leaving the stadium celebrating as they drove away in the many coaches that they used to use in those days.

    Today I live in Perth Western Australia and whilst I am into my 72 year my support for the club has never waned and never will.

    I would like to think that we could qualify for the playoffs which is still possible and if everyone at the club gives 100% we should be back in the premier league next season – wouldn’t that be great.


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