Confirmed; Grealish available for Derby game

Well, this is good news for a change.

Dean Smith has confirmed that Jack Grealish will be available for the visit of Derby on Saturday, although there is some doubt that he’ll actually start.
You’d expect that if he doesn’t start Smith will be itching to give him at least a few minutes and it wouldn’t surprise me if he even gets the second half, if we’re not doing too well.

Personally, I think we have to manage our expectations as to what to expect from him in his first game in weeks.
I don’t see him turning us round straight from the off, as he’s going to be rusty and off the pace (what pace is that then? I hear you ask).

But this will be a massive fillip for the fans and probably the players too.

Wouldn’t it be great if he plays well and leads us to a victory on his return though?

Oh, there’s also good news regarding Alan Hutton.
It seems his injury isn’t as bad as feared and we might see him back before the end of the season.
I know some of us can’t stand him, but I don’t think anyone can fault his effort and it’d be nice to see him get a good send-off.


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    Big Fat Ron February 27, 2019 at 12:15 pm .

    try this quiz about the club – how many can you get?

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    DSVilla February 27, 2019 at 1:20 pm .

    I really couldn’t care less about Bruce and Wednesday. It will be nice to get Grealish back in the side, but we need to ensure that he isn’t pushed too hard too fast as a further breakdown is the last thing we need. The season isn’t over yet, and we need to improve significantly but I don’t think we are a lost cause just yet. A couple of wins and we will be back on track.

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      Holte66 February 27, 2019 at 6:46 pm .

      I like your optimism DSVilla although after looking at the table which I have tried hard to avoid doing recently, I can see we are 8 points off playoffs having played a game more. Therefore we would need to win 5 on the trot to get back amongst it and we didn’t manage that during our purple patch shortly after Smith joined. I just want us to finish the season above Small Heath which would purely be bragging rights. Even that is looking bleak unless they get a points reduction. Grealish returning is a boost but I’m not expecting an instant impact. It will take him a few games to get up to speed.

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        DSVilla February 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm .

        I’m always optimistic until Villa crush that out of me! I can be miserable then but at least I can be deluded now 😉

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