Jack Grealish might make his return to the Aston Villa line-up in opposition to Spurs on March 21, Dean Smith stated on Thursday.
Grealish sustained a decrease leg harm final month that noticed him miss video games in opposition to Leicester, Leeds, Sheffield United and Wolves from which Villa claimed 4 factors to take them to ninth within the standings.
The 25-year-old attacker has now recovered from the harm, however will miss the match at Newcastle on Friday, his fifth Premier League sport, after he was struck down with sickness this week.
“Jack has been making actually good progress and we’re blissful at the place he is at however, sadly, he will not make it [Friday’s game],” stated Smith.
“He has been in poor health this week so he is been off for a few days as nicely, however we’re eager for the Tottenham sport now, that is for certain.
“Jack remains to be in and across the coaching floor. He takes half within the conferences. He is acquired a voice and an opinion, which is nice.”
There was some optimistic information on accidents for Smith, although, as Anwar El Ghazi might be match to journey after lacking the goalless draw with Wolves with a bruised toe whereas Matty Money may even be again in rivalry after lacking the final 4 video games with a hamstring harm.
Smith known as on his staff to rediscover some consistency as they give the impression of being to get their problem for European soccer again on observe at St James’ Park.
The 49-year-old admits Villa have progressed a lot faster than he anticipated – having solely escaped relegation final season on the ultimate day – as they face Newcastle figuring out victory would elevate them above champions Liverpool forward of the weekend’s remaining fixtures.
Nevertheless, Villa’s outcomes have been patchy of late, successful 4 and shedding 4 of their final 10 Premier League matches.
“Like most groups in the intervening time, we have been a bit bit inconsistent with outcomes just lately,” stated Smith.
“I might have actually taken that [ninth place with games in hand] at the beginning of the season. I might have by no means accepted it as a result of I’ve at all times acquired a perception that you may go and do nicely, however we have now progressed lots faster than we thought we might this season.
“We knew that we weren’t glad with final season and we needed to enhance anyway. The advance within the first half of the season was excellent.
“However we have now created some large possibilities in our previous few video games and so long as we hold doing that, we’ll be OK.”