Concerning news as whispers that Grealish’s foot/shin injury is worse than originally reported are playing out.
The playmaker was nursing knocks for a number of weeks before a total breakdown in the latter stages of the 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.
This lead to Grealish sitting out on last weekends draw against Stoke, a game in which his quality was visibly missed.
Alarm is now growing, what with the appearance of Jack wearing a protective boot (images circulating across social media) and that there is no indication of any immediate return to playing action.
As worrying is despite the recent enforced layoff, protective boot and examinations, there is no agreed diagnoses as to what the injury actually is.
There is positive news though, with a number of players returning to full match fitness following layoff.
Defensive midfielder and recently retired Australia international captain Mile Jedinak provides an alternative to Glenn Whelan.
Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason is also available for selection after recent surgery. This also provides a means for Smith to mix up our central midfield options, with Bjarnason both adept at breaking up play but also carrying a threat going forward.
Winger Albert Adomah is back in contention after overcoming a twisted knee. Having been in better form under Smith’s guidance, Adomah will be welcomed back into contention for the visit of Leeds United this Sunday.
Neil Taylor remains out with a hamstring complaint along with Henri Lansbury. Lansbury is marked for consideration against Preston at the earliest.