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Jack Grealish set to train with under-21s again at Aston Villa

Published 30/11/2015 | 13:41

Jack Grealish was left out of the Aston Villa squad for the home game against Watford
Jack Grealish was left out of the Aston Villa squad for the home game against Watford

Jack Grealish was due to train with Aston Villa's under-21 squad on Monday but could return to the first-team fold later as boss Remi Garde contemplates changes.

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The midfielder was dropped for Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Watford after being pictured in a nightclub following the previous 4-0 loss at Everton.

Press Association Sport understands Grealish was expected to link up with the under-21s again after manager Garde last week insisted he needed to act more professionally and issued the punishment as Villa battle relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Grealish, 20, was warned about his off-field behaviour in April by then Villa manager Tim Sherwood after he was photographed apparently taking nitrous oxide.

In June, Villa said they would speak to him after photographs were published appearing to show him lying in the street while on holiday in Tenerife.

Grealish made his Villa debut in 2014 and has made 12 appearances, scoring once, this season.

Defeat to Watford left Villa seven points from the safety line but Garde could ring the changes, specifically in defence, for Saturday's trip to Southampton.

He said afterwards: "It is not always individuals, it is sometimes collective. But also as individuals, for sure, they have to improve their level."

Meanwhile, former boss Sherwood has backed Villa to survive despite their desperate situation.

Sherwood was sacked in October after six straight defeats and replaced by Garde earlier this month but he believes they can stay up.

"I wish them well," Sherwood told the Daily Telegraph.

"It's difficult when you lose your three best players and you finished 17th in the Premier League the previous season. It was always going to be a tough task.

"The club is always going to be bigger than any individual. I respect their decision. I believe they will stay up this season. There were some good times in a very short period."

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