Jack Grealish’s troublesome shin injury will see him miss out once again for Aston Villa, who face Stoke City in the Championship this weekend.
Grealish has been absent since injuring his shin in the latter stages of Villa’s Championship clash with West Bromwich Albion in December.
Villa boss Dean Smith has ruled the Englishman out of the fixture with Stoke, which has brought a response from the club’s fans on social media.
Smith’s words seem to suggest that the 23-year-old is closing on a return to action, though, at what is a vital stage of the season.
However, it would be fair to say that a number of the Villa supporters are concerned that the team will again be without the 5ft 9in ace this weekend.
Meanwhile, a couple of fans have even doubted whether they will ever see Grealish turn out for the club again.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Tuanzebe, Chester, Grealish, McGinn and Carroll out of Stoke game. That’s pretty much our first choice midfield obliterated. #avfc
— Villa Views (@VillaViews_) February 21, 2019
Just listened to Smiths presser, still no Grealish then ??? reading between the lines don’t think we will see him next weekend either. Can’t help thinking some of this now is no chances being taken what so ever, he pays for the Summer rebuild. #avfc
— Roger. W (@RW43avfc) February 21, 2019
I honestly dont think jack grealish will play for us again #avfc
— Ciaran Corbett (@ciaran1991) February 21, 2019
? calm down mate he’s out for one more game than expected
— Matt (@MainManMiIe) February 21, 2019
Will we ever see Grealish in a villa shirt again ? #avfc
— Pricey (@DJ_Pricey) February 21, 2019
— Jake (@JJ_CustomPrints) February 21, 2019
— Max Stokes (@villaontour_) February 21, 2019
Anyone would think we’re trying to keep Jack out of the shop window. Understand why given his importance, but the club has been quite coy on Grealish’s injury. Like it’s nearly 3 months now yet it’s never been reported that way. Can estimates really keep pushing back? #avfc
— Reece J (@ReeceyBones) February 21, 2019