Grealish withdraws from U21 Squad, Jedinak injury worry & City link to Richardson.

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Jack Grealish has been forced to return to Bodymoor Heath for treatment after the injury, first reported on Saturday, enforced his withdrawal from the England under-21 set up.

Whilst the knee injury is described as “minor”, it serves to illustrate both the risk to having extra international commitments for the young winger, at a time when Villa are increasingly dependant upon him being fit.

Grealish now has the best part of a week to recuperate, ahead of a massive home fixture against Nottingham Forest at Villa Park this weekend.

So much of recent weeks news has involved Bristol City.  Be it our disappointing 3-1 defeat, the £15m signing of Jonathan Kodjia or their pocketing a percentage of Albert Adomah’s fee from the sell on clause via Middlesbrough.

The latest news connecting our two clubs suggests that the hugely disappointing Kieran Richardson may sign for The Robins or Leeds on a free transfer.

The former Man Utd and Fulham player rarely showed any of his early career qualities at Villa Park, and cut a figure who’s star had long since faded on the pitch.  

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Free agent Richardson was used in various makeshift roles during his stay, whilst his defending wasn’t much to write home about, his ability to threaten the opposition when playing further up the pitch was equally limited.

In other injury news Mile Jedinak is a nursing a kick sustained during Australia’s win over Iraq.  The midfield enforcer was forced to miss training ahead of their World Cup qualifier against the UAE, set to take place in temperatures of up to 40 degrees.

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