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‘FFS’, ‘Joke’, ‘Disaster’ – some fans fume at Aston Villa’s latest injury update

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Jack Grealish has been ruled out of Saturday’s meeting with Stoke City and supporters aren’t happy with the news. The Aston Villa midfielder was tipped by Dean Smith to make his return against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday before a late injury update ruled him out. Grealish was then expected to make the matchday squad for this Saturday’s league outing, but another late injury update has ruled him out.

The 23-year-old has been sidelined with a shin injury for more than two months, having picked up the problem against West Brom on December 7. He was substituted late in the game and hasn’t played since. At the time, few would have predicted Grealish to be injured for this long and now there’s a growing fear he won’t come back at all.

Grealish’s absence has seen Villa’s form fall off a cliff. The Midlands outfit have picked up just two wins in the last two months and find themselves nine points adrift of the Championship playoffs. Anything less than a win against Stoke could hamper their fledgling hopes of a top-six finish and Villa have played more games than sides ahead of them too. Grealish is desperately needed back.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article

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