The club Captain whose stock has suffered badly for being overplayed whilst injured this term will not feature against his former club West Brom.
Chester continues to nurse a concerning knee injury picked up earlier in the season whilst on international duty.
The latest is that he has had an injection, but the belief is that surgery may be inevitable, with the 30 year old having barely trained in weeks.
A fit Chester has been outstanding for Villa; we can only hope the problem can be rectified properly in order that he can feature in the manner we’ve become accustomed.
Whilst a blow for the player, this is particularly annoying from a Villa perspective with Carroll recruited to provide cover in the absence of both Grealish and Lansbury.
Whilst initially thought to just be a strain, the former Spurs youngster is believed to be suffering a recurrence of a hip injury that kept him out for three months this season at The Swans.
Sadly, if accurate, Villa should probably review their position on the player.
Welshman Neil Taylor missed the trip to Brentford due to ‘sickness’ and is in line for a recall following Kortney Hause’s poor showing at left back.
Taylor, who has struggled badly for form and fitness for a while may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but is at least a recognised full-back with experience. With that said, the former Swansea player urgently needs to find form to help in improving one of the worst defensive records in the division.
Grealish hasn’t featured for us since the reverse fixture against West Brom in December.
Much has changed in that time.
Whilst Villa have faltered, Albion have consolidated.
The home tie against Darren Moore’s men is reportedly too soon for Jack though, despite lots of gym work, Smith has indicated that medical advice prohibits Grealish from even making the bench.
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