Jack Grealish available for England selection despite Villa absence

Jack Grealish available for England selection despite missing Aston Villa’s clash with Liverpool through injury

  • Jack Grealish sat out Aston Villa’s defeat to Liverpool with a calf injury
  • Grealish has recovered and is available for England’s upcoming fixtures
  • Grealish is hopeful of winning his first England call-up after impressive displays 

Jack Grealish is available for selection for England this week despite missing Aston Villa’s clash with Liverpool on Saturday.

The playmaker was ruled out of the 2-1 defeat by the Premier League leaders due to a calf problem but on Friday evening he had been confident of starting the game and Villa boss Dean Smith has told England boss Gareth Southgate he would be taking no risks by picking Grealish.

Smith said: ‘He’s available for selection that’s for sure. He’ll be fit for the Wolves game, I’m sure he’ll be back training. It’s a dead calf and after training on Friday it was probably just a day too soon.

Jack Grealish is available for England selection despite missing Aston Villa’s loss to Liverpool

Villa boss Dean Smith says Grealish has recovered from sustaining a dead calf

England boss Gareth Southgate has watched Grealish on multiple occasions this season

‘He trained on Friday and was fine, he was due to start against Liverpool but he felt it tightened up on Saturday morning. He went for a run on the pitch and felt he wasn’t 100 per cent.

‘I said we needed to make sure he was 100 per cent because Liverpool are a top team. He held his hands up and said “I’m not.”

Grealish, 24, has yet to be capped at senior England level despite an impressive start to the campaign, in which he has two goals and three assists in the league. He produced a stunning performance in front of Southgate when Villa beat Brighton 2-1 on October 19.

The Birmingham-born player was eligible for both England and Ireland but has confirmed that he intends to pursue his international career with the former.

 

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