Jack Grealish is in a race to prove his fitness for Euro 2020 after a setback with a shin injury … with Aston Villa boss Dean Smith admitting the captain will be absent for ‘at least a few more weeks’.
- Jack Grealish has missed Aston Villa’s last seven games with a shin injury
- Villa boss Smith insists Grealish will be back before the end of the campaign
- He admitted he was “too optimistic” that his captain would be back last weekend
- He hopes Grealish’s screenings so far will be enough to book his place in England
Jack Grealish is anxiously waiting to prove his suitability for England’s Euro 2020 campaign after Aston Villa boss Dean Smith admitted his captain would be missing ‘for at least a few more weeks’.
The playmaker has had a setback on his return from a shin problem that caused him to miss Villa’s previous seven games. Smith insists Grealish will be back before the end of the campaign, but declined to provide a timeline of his recovery.
Grealish is so important to Villa that Smith accepted that both he and the player had been ‘too optimistic’ in their efforts to ensure he returned against Fulham last Sunday. The 25-year-old was excluded from the competition after complaining of further shin pain during practice the day before.
Jack Grealish eagerly waits to prove his suitability ahead of the UK Euros campaign
Grealish has suffered a shin injury after missing Aston Villa’s last seven games
“He’s a young lad and he gets frustrated when he doesn’t play and probably one of the reasons we tried to get him back a little earlier,” Smith said. ‘It is a setback that we have not seen.
‘It happened and now he knows he has to be stricter. We have to make sure we discharge him and be stricter on ourselves as well. He recognizes that it is his career.
At the end of the season, he has the euros he is fighting to get fit for, as well as Aston Villa. He is aware of everything. We know it is not a long-term injury. A few weeks off his feet should see him fly back.
Dean Smith said he was ‘too optimistic’ hoping the club captain would return against Fulham
‘For me there is no danger that Jack will not play before the end of the season. I don’t know how fast that will be. Grealish shone for England last fall after breaking into the senior team for the first time and also shone for Villa, scoring seven goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
Smith is hopeful that his appearances for Villa so far will be enough to secure his spot in Gareth Southgate’s final squad, even if his appearances are limited between now and the end of the season.
He added: “It is not my decision whether he will go to the euro or not, but he has contributed immensely to a productive season for Aston Villa. He certainly got some credit in the bank for those gigs. ‘
Smith hopes his screenings for Villa so far will be enough to secure his spot at the euro