Alan Hutton has tipped Jack Grealish to return to the Aston Villa starting XI against Fulham on Sunday.
The former Holte End favourite, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 25-year-old would be fit enough to feature after missing the last six games.
Grealish returned to team training on Monday, having been ruled out of action with a leg injury since mid-February.
Jack is back. 😄
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He has been sorely missed by Dean Smith and his teammates, who have picked up just one win in his absence.
They are currently four games without a victory and lost 2-0 to Spurs before the international break.
Hutton suggested nearly a week of full training would be enough for Grealish to get up to speed to start in place of one of the axed attackers.
Asked if he expected Grealish to return to the starting XI against Fulham, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, I think so. He’s probably been training for a few days on his own anyway. You need to tick all the boxes before you go into full training.
“He would have been doing stuff last week, he’s now full training for a full week with the team. Even though the international boys are still away, he’ll still be doing good training. He’ll probably be doing extra work as well in the gym.
“Yes, it’s been six games but it’s not that long. You don’t think he’s going to need to come in for 20 minutes here, half an hour there. I think if he decides he’s ready to go and he’s fit enough, he will be straight back in and replace one of the attackers. That’s how much he’s needed at the moment.”
Villa won once, drew twice and lost three times during Grealish’s absence.
Notably, they only scored four goals – and not more than once in a game – without their creative talisman.