Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish looks likely to miss their Carabao Cup tie against Wolves on Wednesday through injury (via @mjmarr_star).
The 24-year-old was substituted after 84 minutes against Manchester City on Saturday (BBC Sport) and is thought to be struggling with a calf problem.
Grealish has been a key player for Villa so far this season and he has started all 10 of their Premier League fixtures, scoring two goals and providing three assists (via Transfermarkt).
He has also made two substitute appearances in the Carabao Cup and, despite playing for just 46 minutes, he has still managed two goals and an assist in that competition (Transfermarkt).
However, he will not be adding to that tally in their fourth round tie against local rivals Wolves, according to Express & Star journalist Matthew Maher.
He reports that the midfielder’s injury will keep him out of contention for the match at Villa Park; however, he also suggests that the club are hopeful that he will be back for their Premier League clash against Liverpool on Saturday.
Whilst this is a big game for Villa given that it is against one of their local rivals, the fact that it is an EFL Cup match means that it is not the end of the world that Grealish will be missing.
Premier League survival is surely Dean Smith’s priority this season, so leaving the midfielder out to give him the best chance of being fit for their clash against Liverpool makes perfect sense.
They have a plethora of options in midfield anyway, with the likes of John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane and Marvelous Nakamba all able to play.
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