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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    Bill Pearson February 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm .

    No, on the bench he’s almost intermated as much Badger, there’s no two-ways we’ve missed him badly. But it’s pretty obvious unless a miracle we have another season in the championship.

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    Hitchens60 February 26, 2019 at 4:46 pm .

    Yep – have to start him on the bench but would expect him to get 20 minutes or so. Let’s hope Derby don’t try and kick him off the pitch.

    He got kicked and injured at West Brom and to add insult to that they equalised with a hand ball – cheating bar stewards.

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    Holte66 February 26, 2019 at 6:32 pm .

    Seeing as promotion won’t happen this season, I see no point in rushing him back. I would start with the team that finished Stoke game seeing as we played well 2nd half. Carroll is also fit so I would rather risk him if needed. Maybe give Grealish a run out for last 15 minutes. Ideally he would be 100% ready for Small Heath but is it worth risking him being kicked around the pitch by them unless we have to. Good news that Hutton should be back for end of season so he can get his assumed farewell game. After Derby game Smith could be spoilt for choice in midfield when McGinn returns from suspension. Has anyone heard anything about when Tuanzebe will be back.

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    Bill Pearson February 26, 2019 at 9:19 pm .

    Sheffield Wednesday 2 up, Scum winning, Leeds loosing And the weather’s unbelievable. Funny old world.

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    Hitchens60 February 26, 2019 at 10:32 pm .

    Well, Wednesday now above us and, no doubt, Small Heath will be favourites to beat us. How depressing.

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    Big Fat Ron February 26, 2019 at 11:04 pm .

    Wednesday for Play-offs with Bruce to mastermind Premier League return. Any takers?

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    Bill Pearson February 27, 2019 at 7:53 am .

    More like the Scum for play off as well, 10 place off the bottom jesus we are struggling, BFR you could be right. some say its the managers, i say its the players fault. Wake up Villa for christ sake.

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      Hitchens60 February 27, 2019 at 9:04 am .

      Or maybe the club is cursed? 🙂

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