, Aston Villa fan favourite to be handed captain’s armband on injury return

Aston Villa fan favourite to be handed captain’s armband on injury return

According to a report from Birmingham Live, Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish will be made captain on his return from injury in Saturday afternoon’s clash with Derby County.

Aston Villa favourite Jack Grealish has been on the sidelines for nearly two months, but now, he is set to lead his boyhood club out against Derby County.

A report from Birmingham Live writes that the playmaker will be made captain by Dean Smith with captain James Chester and vice-captain Alan Hutton both out through injury. Hutton had lead Villa out for the past five games, but when he was substituted off through injury against Stoke, he handed the armband to Tommy Elphick.

However, with Grealish set to return to the starting eleven, it seems the armband will be handed to him.

The playmaker has spent a spell on the sidelines through injury but will return today. Dean Smith will be hoping the return of Grealish can help inspire a turn around in form, with Villa’s hopes of finishing in the top six fading away.

Grealish picked up a shin injury back in mid-December and has missed the last 13 games and Villa have won just twice in the absence of the 23-year-old.

Prior to his injury, Grealish had played 22 games in all competitions for Villa so far this campaign. He has scored two goals and provided four assists and will be hoping to boost both his goal and assist tallies to try and help Villa up the table. They currently sit in 13th place in the League table after 34 games, eight points away from 6th placed Bristol City in the final play-off position.

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