Major Aston Villa boost as two attackers passed fit for Chelsea clash
By Coral Barry
Jack Grealish and Adama Traore have both been passed fit to play in Aston Villa’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday, according to a report.
The Midlands club welcome Chelsea to Villa Park in their first game since Remi Garde was dismissed as manager and are set to have two attackers back for the fixture.
A report in the Birmingham Mail on Friday claimed that Grealish and Traore will both be available for selection against the Blues.
Caretaker boss, Eric Black is not expected to rescue Villa from relegation, with the club a massive 12 points from safety and rock bottom of the Premier League, but he will be hoping to reclaim some pride after a dismal season.
Villa have managed just three league victories during the entirety of a dreadful season that looks increasingly like it will end in relegation into the Championship.
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Neither Grealish or Traore have featured for Villa in the league since the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland in early January and both have endured a difficult campaigns.
Traore, 20, has had his debut season in England consistently interrupted by injury and then struggled to hold down a place in the Villa team after Tim Sherwood left the club in October.
Grealish’s campaign has been more or less ruined by his own bad behaviour after the 20-year-old reportedly tainted his relationship with Garde early on when he went out to a nightclub after Villa’s 4-0 hammering from Everton in November.
However, both players will be hoping that with a change in management will come a clean slate.
Black will have almost a full squad to choose from in his first game in charge with 22 players fit and ready to play.
One key Villa man who is definitely out is Gabby Agbonlahor who has been suspended by the club pending an investigation into allegations he smoked a shihsa pipe while on vacation in Dubai over the international break.