Jack Grealish could be sidelined for a further three matches with the Aston Villa playmaker set for another scan next week on his injured shin.
The England international will be missing for a ninth successive Premier League match when Villa host Midlands rivals West Brom on Sunday.
Villa’s captain remains sidelined with the same complaint that saw him withdrawn from training in the build up to a 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester.
The 25-year-old watched the defeat to Manchester City from the stands at Villa Park in midweek and was spotted in conversation with England manager Gareth Southgate.
On Grealish, Smith added: “There’s not really a timeline (on his injury) as such.
“He’s due to have a scan next week. Hopefully that clears it up and we go full board with training.
“We will be guided by the time and the medical practitioners.”
Villa will be looking to get back to winning ways against the relegation-threatened Baggies following back-to-back defeats against City and Liverpool, and three losses in their last four Premier League matches.
Smith’s side have seen their challenge for European football fade away in recent weeks after just two victories in the last 10 games.
“This is only our second season back (in the Premier League) and we are still building to become a force again.
“Consistency is the key for us, moving forward,” said the Villa boss.
“We had the two play-off semi-finals with West Brom where the atmosphere was electric, so the fans will be missed but we all know what is at stake.
“We need to win the game, they need to win the game. Games are running out and they need to win them, so we know they will be coming to Villa Park looking for a win that can help them survive.
“They’re fighting for every point they can get, but so are we. We know it’s a derby.
“We’re looking forward to the game and we want to get back to winning ways ourselves.”
By: Sean Gallagher
Title: Jack Grealish set for further scan on shin injury – but Aston Villa insist he’ll be fit to play for England at Euro 2020
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Published Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 15:00:13 +0000