Dean Smith all but ruled Jack Grealish out of Aston Villa’s weekend clash with Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, although insisted the playmaker is ‘doing better’.
Grealish has not featured for Villa since a 0-0 draw with Brighton on February 13, missing defeats to Leicester and Sheffield United and a win over Leeds.
Smith has been coy over the exact leg issue facing the England international but it’s clear Villa are opting for a caution-first approach in bringing him back into the fold.
Grealish, 25, has not trained with his team-mates but is running again and Smith will take a final check on him on Friday.
‘He’s doing better but is unlikely to feature on Saturday,’ said Smith.
‘I haven’t sat down with the medical staff yet but he was running on the AlterG (anti-gravity treadmill) yesterday, which is a positive because if he’s running it means he’s pain-free.
‘But he didn’t get out onto the grass yesterday, so he’s unlikely to play against Wolves. But, it’s a positive he’s out running now.
‘I haven’t sat down with the medical staff. I’ll do that after the press conference.’
‘Kortney Hause, the same. With Wesley, we’ll advance his training and, hopefully, get him into an under-23 game soon.’