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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce: There’s no quick fix for Jack Grealish

This is why the England U21 ace needs to be patient, according to his boss

Jack Grealish will not be making a speedy recovery despite filling Villa fans with hope earlier this week.

The 22-year-old damaged his kidney in the final pre-season friendly of the summer and has been recovering ever since.

On Monday he posted an upbeat message indicating that he was making good progress but boss Steve Bruce insists he will have to work through a lengthy comeback programme before he’s considered for selection.

“Jack is back in the training ground and we’re delighted to see him,” the manager said.

“He’s running a bit but he’s got a long way to go.

“He’s had a serious, serious injury so we’ll have to be patient.”

Grealish was initially expected to be out until after Christmas although he’s holding hopes of returning earlier than planned.

On Monday he tweeted: “Nice to have some good news, back v soon! #TunnelVision”.

Bruce didn’t read the full tweet but the news filtered through to him and he admitted it was pleasing to see Grealish in good spirits.

“It’s pleasing to have him back but he’s still a bit away.”

Meanwhile Villa have other injury concerns with Henri Lansbury and Scott Hogan both doubtful for Saturday’s match with Nottingham Forest.

Lansbury jarred his knee in the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup while Hogan also sustained a foot injury.

Both players will be assessed before the weekend fixture.


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