Dean Smith has insisted that he is “hopeful” on the fitness of Jack Grealish ahead of the Premier League clash with Leeds United.

Aston Villa were without their captain on Sunday in their 2-1 defeat against Leicester City and lacked serious creativity in midfield.

The Athletic reported before that game that Grealish would also miss the trip to Elland Road next week, as well as today’s Premier League defeat.

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Speaking ahead of that game with Leicester, Smith admitted that he hasn’t been informed regarding any timescale on his injury.

“It is certainly not a long-term injury,” he said.

“I’m hopeful he can play vs Leeds, if not soon after that. Rumours of a month are not true, the medical staff have not told me anything.”

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This would be a huge boost.

Grealish single-handily carries Villa during huge parts of games, and that is clear when he is either missing or marked out of spells by the opposing side.

No one has made more key passes than Grealish in Europe’s top-five leagues according to WyScout, with his numbers above the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Lionel Messi.

It would be one less problem for the Whites to worry about, but they have already destroyed Villa once this season, while Grealish was playing too.

Marcelo Bielsa will be keeping a very close eye on this one as the week progresses, with a game against Southampton to come on Tuesday beforehand for the Whites.

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