Saturday 21 October 2017

Jack Grealish suffers 'severe injury' that may rule him out for the rest of 2017

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish suffers bleeding to his kidneys. Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish suffers bleeding to his kidneys. Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish could be facing SIX MONTHS on the sidelines after suffering kidney damage in a freak clash with his team-mate Tom Cleverley.

The midfielder who turned down the chance to embark a senior international career with the Republic of Ireland has endured a miserable run of form over the last couple of seasons, with Villa boss Steve Bruce now confirming the 21-year-old is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering bleeding to his kidneys.

“We’re obviously disappointed with the injury to Jack,” stated Bruce. “He’s still in hospital and things aren’t great.

“The initial prognosis was he could be out for two-to-three months – at least – but it could be much longer.

“He’s poorly at the minute. I went to see him in hospital yesterday. We hope that he has a speedy recovery, of course.

“Losing him is a blow to us. My system in pre-season was geared around Grealish. How to get the best out of him, but that’s football.”

Grealish has started just 29 league games over the last couple of season and has hit the headlines for a variety of negative reasons as his promising career has struggled to lift off.

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