Soccer-Villa's Grealish to return from injury for Fulham game


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - February 13, 2021 Aston Villa's Jack Grealish in action with Brighton & Hove Albion's Pascal Gross Pool via REUTERS/Ian Walton

(Reuters) - Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish will return to the squad for Sunday's Premier League game at home to Fulham after being out for six weeks due to a leg injury, manager Dean Smith said.

Grealish, who has six goals and 10 assists in the league this season, sustained the injury in training before their 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Feb. 21.

The 25-year-old missed six games, with Villa winning only once in his absence to slip to 10th.

"He has trained all week," Smith told reporters on Friday. "He has only had a few sessions but he seems fit enough, so he has certainly put himself up for selection which is a good thing for everybody.

"The last six weeks haven't been what they had been previously. If anybody loses a player of the calibre of Jack, then you're going to struggle a bit.

"It will be a big boost to have him around."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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