Aston Villa received a much-needed boost on Tuesday when Dean Smith confirmed that Jack Grealish is available for selection ahead of their clash against Derby at the weekend.
The 23-year-old has not played for the club since December and Smith confirmed on Villa’s official Twitter account that he has trained all week and is in contention to start.
There is no doubt that the news has lifted the Villa faithful, but should Smith start his main man against Frank Lampard’s side?
During their last league outing against Stoke City, where they recorded a 1-1 draw, Smith opted to utilise a 4-4-2 formation, with Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane deploying the midfield roles.
But with the return of Grealish, he can go back to his usual three-man midfield, which would provide him with the balance and quality he has been desperately craving for in these last few months.
Not only that, after losing their last home match against West Brom, winning only one game since the turn of the year, seeing Grealish’s name on the team sheet will lift the fans and his teammates.
Plus, there will be some Villa supporters who will be hoping that he can be ready to play the full 90 minutes against bitter rivals Birmingham City a week on Sunday.