Steve Bruce delivers Aston Villa attacker injury update (not Hogan)
By Abigail Withey
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has revealed that injured Jack Grealish still has a “long way to go” to recover from his serious kidney problem.
The 22-year-old attacker went down holding his side against Watford during Villa’s final pre-season friendly in July, and was sidelined in the first-half of the game.
After the friendly, the attack-minded winger was taken to hospital where it was discovered that his kidney was bleeding and he needed to undergo an operation.
Since then, the England Under-21 cap has been working hard on his recovery and has returned to the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground, but Bruce believes that he won’t be featuring on the pitch at Villa Park anytime soon.
“Jack is back in the training ground and we’re delighted to see him. He’s running a bit but he’s got a long way to go,” the manager explained, as quoted by the Express and Star.
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“He’s had a serious, serious injury and he’s still a bit away. We’ll have to be patient.”
Bruce’s verdict comes just days after Grealish’s promising Twitter message on his personal account, which read: “Nice to have some good news, back very soon.”
Fans will be disappointed not to see the Villa academy product return to the squad as he made 33 appearances in the claret and blue jersey last season where he scored five goals and provided a further five assists.
It will also frustrate supporters as the club are already assessing Henri Lansbury’s knee problem after he came off in the second half of the clash against Middlesbrough on Tuesday, in addition to a potential knock for Scott Hogan.
In other Aston Villa news, Tony Xia has responded to rumours that he is looking to sell the club.