Three reasons Grealish should partner Kodjia in attack when he returns from injury

Aston Villa attacking midfielder Jack Grealish posted on his official Twitter account on Monday that he will be returning to action soon following the blow to his kidneys that hospitalised him in July.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury after colliding with Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley during the two sides’ pre-season friendly, and he spent three days in hospital as a result.

Grealish has been on the sidelines and working on getting back to full fitness since and he now appears to be closing in on providing a much-needed boost for a Villa side that have won just two of their opening eight Championship fixtures this season.

Steve Bruce ditched the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has often favoured during his time in charge of the Midlands outfit and used a more standard 4-4-2 system against Barnsley at the weekend, with Keinan Davis lining up alongside last term’s top goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia in attack.

It seemed to work as the Villans recorded a dominant 3-0 victory at Oakwell, and Grealish could prove to be the perfect foil for the Ivory Coast international when he is back in action.

Here are three reasons the 21-year-old should partner Kodjia up front when he returns from injury…