Aston Villa boss, Dean Smith provided supporters with some positive news on the injury front, with Jack Grealish edging closer to a return to action according to the Express and Star.
Grealish has had a lengthy injury spell on the sidelines, and hasn’t featured for Villa since they drew with West Brom in early December.
A shin injury has kept him out of the first-team picture and Villa’s talisman will be keen to make up for lost time when he makes his long-awaited return.
Dean Smith is hopeful that Grealish will be available to him for their game against Stoke City this weekend, and he could be thrown into the starting XI.
But Grealish’s potential inclusion will mean that one winger is sweating over his future in the Villa starting XI – and rightly so.
That man is Anwar El Ghazi, and it’s clear to see why he could be replaced against the Potters this weekend.
El Ghazi looked like an exciting player when he first arrived at Villa Park, but the loanee has really struggled to put together a run of impressive performances.
The Dutchman only has four goals and two assists to his name this season, and he has failed to make a notable impact for a Villa side that have looked poor in recent weeks.
El Ghazi is on loan from French side, Lille and he’ll surely be worrying about his future in the Villa side now that Grealish is returning to the first-team picture.
Grealish has the quality to change the course of a game on his own, and offers more of an attacking threat for Dean Smith’s side.
Grealish also will want to hit the ground running, and had shown promising signs under Dean Smith before he picked up his injury.
If Villa have any ambitions of reaching the top six, then they need their best players in the starting XI, and Grealish certainly falls under that category, whereas El Ghazi is a squad rotation player at best in this Villa squad.