Jack Grealish has missed Aston Villa’s last seven games after sustaining a shin injury, and reports suggest the England ace will be out for the rest of April with the problem.
Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish is set to miss the rest of April as he continues to recover from a shin injury, according to reports.
Grealish was expected to make his long-awaited return from the problem at home to Fulham last weekend, but he is still yet to fully recover.
It has kept him out of action for Villa’s last seven matches, along with England’s recent World Cup qualifiers.
According to The Sun, the 25-year-old felt discomfort in his shin again before Villa’s 3-1 win over Fulham and has now been advised that he needs another three weeks to continue recovering.
However, it is believed there are no long-term fears over his prospects of returning this season.
He will miss their crunch clash with Liverpool at the weekend, before Villa enjoy an 11-day break before locking horns with Manchester City due to the runaway Premier League leaders’ FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea next Saturday.
But Villa’s medical team want Grealish to feel the benefit of that lengthy gap and will not rush him back into action against City.
He is also not expected to return for their Midlands derby showdown with West Brom four days later, unless manager Dean Smith is convinced he is fully recovered and pain free.
Instead, their trip to Everton on May 1 is understood to have been pencilled in as a potential return date for him.
Grealish’s problem is proving far more difficult to predict than more common muscle injuries, which is a concern ahead of England’s delayed bid to win Euro 2020 this summer.
But the player is said to remain confident that the right balance of rest and strengthening exercises will soon see him rediscover fitness and form.
Gareth Southgate has reportedly been kept updated and is happy with the amount of football Grealish will get under his belt between now and the end of the season.