'His Face Told Me Everything' - Exclusive: Hutton reacts to Aston Villa star injury reveal
Jack Grealish will be “raring to go” for Aston Villa against Burnley tonight despite suffering with a tight hamstring over the past week, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted his old teammate’s angry reaction to being substituted against Newcastle United made him laugh and insisted there would be no worries about his availability.
As quoted by the Birmingham Mail, Dean Smith confirmed the 25-year-old had been suffering with a tight hamstring in training ahead of the Newcastle game which had limited his time out on the training pitch.
The 2-0 win over the Magpies was the first time this season that Grealish had been subbed off in a Premier League game.
Hutton admitted he could see the frustration in his former teammate’s face as he walked towards the dugout against Newcastle but insisted the Villans’ talisman would be fine in terms of his fitness.
“He wasn’t happy, was he? His face told me everything and it kind of made me laugh,” Hutton told Football Insider.
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“He‘ll be fine. I think he’s obviously played a lot of games, he never misses training, he’s been used a lot and we see how many times he gets fouled and kicked and the amount of running he does.
“It was just a case of protecting him and giving him a little rest, he’ll be fine and raring to go.”
Grealish chipped in with his 10th Premier League assist of the season against Newcastle, while he has netted five times in 17 top-flight appearances.
Smith, who served a one-game touchline ban against Steve Bruce’s side, will be able to welcome back John McGinn from suspension against Burnley.