Date: 10th December 2018 at 6:24pm
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Aston Villa appear to be in the dark over Jack Grealish’s potential injury, with the midfielder a doubt ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Stoke City. Dean Smith said he’s had a shin problem for a number of weeks but gave no indication on when he will return.

He limped off against West Bromwich Albion on Friday, but there’s a lot of uncertainty over how long it will keep him out for. The Stoke Sentinel admit that any information on Grealish ‘remains unknown’, but Smith will be obviously hoping it’s nothing serious.

Grealish has been in fine form in recent weeks, scoring and creating five goals in his last six league appearances, most recently grabbing an assist in the 2-2 draw with Albion. The 23-year-old hasn’t missed a game in the Championship this season and does still have five days to recover in time to face Stoke.

Villa will be in for a difficult afternoon on Saturday, with Stoke only two places and two points worse off than the Midlands outfit. City boast two wins and a draw from their last three games and have picked up nine points from their previous five away outings.

Smith will want his best players available, but Grealish’s condition hasn’t been made clear by the club despite it being an issue for a few weeks now. Is that a bad thing? Or does it mean it’s so minor there’s nothing to worry about?

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