Aston Villa

Leeds United have been handed a big boost after it was confirmed Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish will miss this evening’s game.

That is the view of former Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Dean Smith confirmed the 25-year-old will miss Villa’s trip to Elland Road.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa claimed in his pre-match press conference that he hoped Grealish would be fit for the game as he could provide a “stimulus” for his side.

Villa will also be without first-choice right-back Matty Cash meaning Ahmed Elmohamady will likely start as he did against Leicester City last weekend.

Against Southampton in midweek, Leeds winger Raphinha started on the left rather than the right and he terrorised Saints’ makeshift right-back Jan Bednarek.

Asked whether Bielsa will be tempted to do the same against Villa given Elmohamady’s lack of game time this season, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Quite possibly.

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“Leeds have got a lot of attacking options, we know the number of chances they create.

“Obviously Grealish being out is a big plus for Leeds, as well. Villa tend to struggle when he’s not in the team, he adds so much to them.

“Bielsa just plays his own game, he tinkers very slightly but I don’t think he’s overly concerned too much.

“He’s like ‘This is how we attack, this is what we do.’ And they just go out and do it.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gestures

Grealish has missed just three Premier League games since Villa won promotion to the top flight in 2019.

The Midlands giants lost all three games without their talismanic captain.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has told “big club” Leeds United to raid Leicester City after a transfer report.