Smith explains Jack Grealish injury fear and gives Sanson update

Smith explains Jack Grealish injury fear and gives Sanson update

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has revealed that Jack Grealish has been carrying a hamstring injury.

The skipper was taken off in the latter stages for the first time this season during the 2-0 win over Newcastle.

It was Ollie Watkins and and Bertrand Traore who got the goals that lifted Villa to eighth in the Premier League table.

As for Grealish, the captain wasn’t too pleased after being replaced by Jacob Ramsey on 88 minutes.

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Smith, meanwhile, admitted why he made the change after revealing his talisman had been carrying a slight hamstring injury.

“He didn’t do an awful lot in training yesterday and he wasn’t happy I brought him off with a little over five minutes to go,” Smith said.

“I thought it was game over and he’s on four yellows as well plus there’s that risk of getting him kicked so that was the right time (to take him off).

“He didn’t look fatigued but the last couple of days he’s had a tight hamstring. When you feel the game is done you can take a player like Jack off. In terms of Ross (Barkley), he’s just catching up after having eight weeks off. Both of them showed the quality they’ve got.”

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Smith, who served his one-match touchline ban tonight, was pleased with his side’s work but said his players “over-played” in the second half after Watkins and Traore effectively killed the game off.

During his post-match interview with Sky, the boss was asked about the impending arrival of Morgan Sanson with the midfielder left out of Marseille’s 3-1 defeat at Monaco this evening ahead of his £14 million move to Villa Park which is expected to go through in the coming days.

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Quizzed on a potential update on Sanson, Smith said: “I can’t to be honest. I’ve not spoken to our sporting director (Johan Lange), I’ve just been concentrating on the game because, obviously, there’s an inbound player we’re looking to do so, hopefully, that can get done soon.”

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