It will be a “massive blow” for Aston Villa if captain Jack Grealish misses a month of action with injury, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer insisted the 25-year-old is a real miss for the club after their lackluster display against Leicester City at the weekend.
Grealish missed just his third league game for the Midlands giants since they won promotion back to the Premier League in 2019 with an unspecified injury.
Manager Dean Smith was not willing to reveal what injury his skipper had picked up and did not give a timeframe on his recovery.
He said: “We will assess it as we go. It is certainly not a recurrence of an old injury and certainly not long term.”
BBC Sport report the England international could miss up to a month of action with a leg injury.
“It’s a massive blow,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Whatever the injury is they need him back as soon as possible because they really missed him against Leicester. You can tell when he’s missing.
“They struggled without him against Leicester.
“It’s like any team, look at Spurs without Harry Kane.
“You need to have your best players in your team and Villa will be dying to have him back.”
Aston Villa lost both games that Grealish missed last season – 2-1 defeats to Liverpool and Wolves, respectively.
This season he has been a near ever-present and led Villa to eighth in the Premier League table – just nine points behind the top four with two games in hand.