Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Noel Whelan claims that Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish should be banned from playing if and when the Premier League season resume.

The former Leeds United and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the club should internally suspend the 24-year-old after his behaviour during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a video posted on his personal Twitter account, the playmaker said he was “deeply embarrassed” after he “stupidly” breached the UK-wide lockdown to visit a friend.

The Villa captain had been pictured leaving the scene of a car crash during the lockdown, with Villa stating he would be disciplined and fined for his actions.

However, Whelan believes the club need to make an example of their star man and leave him out of the squad should the top-flight resume this season.

Speaking about a potential return to action for the Villans, Whelan told Football Insider “Well to be honest Grealish should be suspended anyway by the club for his antics,”

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“I wouldn’t even be playing him with his disciplinary record there.” 

Grealish has been Villa’s talisman during their first season back in the Premier League, with the homegrown star scoring nine goals and chipping in with eight assists across all competitions.

However, his performances have not been enough to stop the Villans from becoming embroiled in a relegation dogfight this term, with the club currently sitting 19th in the table.

In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton admits he would be fuming if he was still a Villa player after a CEO update.