Conflicting reports surround Jack Grealish as Dean Smith provides update on Aston Villa star’s injury

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Conflicting reports surround Jack Grealish as Dean Smith provides update on Aston Villa star’s injury

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has provided an encouraging update on Jack Grealish’s wellbeing, amid reports that the midfielder could be sidelined for a month.

Maddison & Barnes on target

The Claret and Blue of course returned to Premier League action a short time ago, in a meeting with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester at Villa Park.

Whilst both sides have defied expectations to this point in the campaign, it was the visitors who headed into proceedings boasting the advantage, sitting joint-2nd in the English top-flight.

Villa, meanwhile, sat ten points back, albeit whilst boasting two games in hand.

When all was said and done this afternoon, though, it was Leicester who came away with all 3 points, to strengthen their grip on a Champions League berth.

The Foxes raced out to a 2-goal advantage inside 25 minutes at Villa Park, courtesy of strikes from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes:

Villa, to their credit, stood strong from here on out, and even managed to pull one back through Bertrand Traore early in the 2nd-half.

The damage, however, had been done, as Leicester emerged on the right side of a 2-1 final scoreline.

Grealish latest

Whilst their eventual defeat of course proved a blow for Aston Villa this afternoon, what came as even more of a concern was confirmation ahead of kick-off that the club’s star man had picked up an injury problem.

Murmurs in the media were quickly followed by confirmation that Jack Grealish had been ruled out of Sunday’s action, after suffering a muscular injury in training.

In turn, panic quickly set in, amongst both the Villa faithful, and Fantasy Premier League managers.

It therefore came as little surprise when Dean Smith was asked for an update on his captain’s wellbeing, at Villa Park this evening.

And Smith appeared in relatively good spirits regarding the issue, revealing his hope that Grealish could return to face Leeds United next weekend:

Such a swift return would certainly contradict the latest word stemming from the press, however, with the BBC instead reporting that Grealish is set for around a month on the sidelines:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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1 Manchester City FC 24 34 56
2 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
3 Manchester United FC 24 19 46
4 West Ham United FC 25 10 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 10 36
10 Arsenal FC 24 6 34
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
12 Leeds United 24 -3 32
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14 Crystal Palace FC 24 -15 29
15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 24 -5 26
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18 Fulham FC 25 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
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Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
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