- Jack Grealish was forced off just before half-time against Luton on Tuesday night
- Coach Pep Guardiola had supported the winger to leave behind an irregular season
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Manchester City star Jack Grealish was consoled by his team-mates after suffering a further injury setback on Tuesday night.
The 28-year-old winger was forced off before half-time at Kenilworth Road and was visibly distraught at his latest setback.
Grealish was replaced by Jeremy Doku after 38 minutes and Pep Guardiola was forced into an early substitution.
After leaving, an emotional Grealish was seen hiding under a training jacket before being consoled by his teammates.
It arrived the day after Guardiola endorsed Grealish leave behind an irregular season and be key for City fight for cutlery.
Man City star Jack Grealish was consoled by his team-mates after suffering a further injury setback.
The 28-year-old was visibly distraught after being forced off before half-time at Luton.
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Grealish has three goals and two assists in 26 appearances so far this season and Guardiola does not believe he has reached the peak of the Treble campaign yet.
The 28-year-old was instrumental in City lifting all three major trophies, but has seen summer signing Jeremy Doku regularly chosen ahead of him, while two injuries have also hampered his progress.
Grealish recovered quickly from a groin problem he suffered in Copenhagen a fortnight ago to start against Luton.
“Over the last month, Jack has come back in terms of many things,” Guardiola said. “That’s why he played an important match in the Champions League in Copenhagen.
“Hopefully he can make the impact he had last season. It’s up to him. I try to be fair in my decision.
“He played a lot of minutes last season and this season less at the beginning. He is the same player, he has the same coach and our way of playing has not changed.”
Grealish was replaced by Jeremy Doku after 38 minutes of the FA Cup fifth round tie.
Guardiola added: “Nothing has changed. It’s just the way he has performed. That’s the difference. I said it from day one: we need him, he has a special quality for our team. We need him. It’s up to him. Hopefully he can make a good three months.
‘The players don’t have to convince me. “They have to convince themselves that they deserve to play.”