Life is not getting any simpler for Aston Villa after it was confirmed on Thursday that Jack Grealish is set to miss another week’s of action in the Championship.
Dean Smith was hopeful that the 23-year-old would have been ready for his side’s trip to Stoke City, but the club confirmed on their official Twitter account that he is not yet available.
Grealish will not be the only one missing the Staffordshire trip because fellow midfielder John McGinn is suspended, while the likes of Henri Lansbury, James Chester & Axel Tuanzebe are still sidelined.
It makes Smith’s task of picking a team for Saturday even more difficult, with the possibility that teenager Jacob Ramsey could be given a start.
The 17-year-old came on as a substitute for the out-of-form Conor Hourihane during Villa’s 2-0 home defeat to West Brom last time out.
And if Smith is brave enough then Ramsey could potentially find himself in the starting XI as his name on the team sheet will give supporters a much-needed boost.
However, there is no doubt that Grealish is the player fans are hoping can return as soon as possible because his presence and creativity in the middle of the park has been missed.
He has not played since December and in that time Smith’s side have only recorded two wins in the league against Swansea and bottom-of-the-table Ipswich, respectively.
Nonetheless, Villa play a team at the weekend that are struggling in the bottom half of the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season.
Both teams recorded a 2-2 draw during the reverse fixture and it won’t be a surprise if the goals fly in once again.