Aston Villa have been handed a potential boost ahead of their upcoming Premier League fixture.
According to a report by Birmingham Live, Jack Grealish’s absence from Manchester City’s matchday squad on Sunday would appear to suggest that the 26-year-old will once again be an injury doubt for the trip to Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
The England international has not featured in the league since October due to a knock, with Birmingham Live adding that the former Villa player’s continued absence would come as a significant boost for Steven Gerrard and his side.
While many Aston Villa fans could well be wishing their former hero the best in his career after securing a £100m move to the Etihad Stadium this summer, the news that the 26-year-old could miss out on a return to his former club will nevertheless have left much of the Villa Park faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his nine Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, the £90m-rated man has scored one goal, registered two assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 1.8 shots and making a whopping 2.9 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the versatile 26-year-old average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.30, not only ranking him as City’s joint fourth-best performer in the league but also as the joint 17th-best in the entire division.
As such, not only would Grealish’s absence on Wednesday remove the possibility of seeing the former Villa playmaker against them, it would also appear to considerably boost Gerrard’s chances of picking up a result against the second-placed team in the Premier League.