Alan Hutton has suggested a recurrence of a previous shin injury forced Jack Grealish out at Aston Villa in recent weeks.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the coaching staff appeared to have been very cautious about bringing the 25-year-old back too soon.
The Villans confirmed on Monday that Grealish had returned to team training ahead of this weekend’s game against Fulham.
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Grealish has sat out Villa’s last six league games, which resulted in one win, two draws and three defeats.
While Dean Smith has not gone into detail about the midfielder’s injury, the Mirror report he was suffering with a shin problem.
Grealish missed 15 games during the 2018/19 campaign with another shin injury.
Hutton admitted he feared his old teammate had suffered the same problem this time around.
As such, he suggested Villa had done the right thing taking their time with the recovery process.
“I mean if you’re looking back, he’s had this before and it looks like it’s been a reoccurrence of the previous injury,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Looking from the outside in, they’ve probably tried to be more cautious over the whole thing. They don’t want it to escalate and get worse. It’s something that’s come back and they’re gonna have to keep an eye on it.
“We’ve seen how the creativity levels drop dramatically when he’s not in the team so they need him fit. Hopefully, if they’ve been cautious with it now and kept him out for an extra couple of weeks, it completely clears it up.
“It’s good for the club and good for him because we know he wants to play. He wants to play every game but sometimes you have to actually be pulled out.
“The coaches have to say: ‘Right, no, you need to sit out for a while. Get this right.’ Hopefully, that’s the case.”